So it’s not summer, and unless you’ve been under a rock, you already know that Rosé is my favorite summer wine. I’ve recently discovered that it’s pretty close to being my favorite winter wine. Or, more accurately, Rosé is my “go to” winter wine. You know, kinda like George Clooney is my “go to” fantasy. Don’t tell the Wineaux Guy.
I opened up a bottle of 2010 Hug Cellars xoxo Central Coast Rosé wine last week (just for this review) and was blown away. Unfortunately, I pretty much drank it all and didn’t pay attention to the details. So I was forced – forced! – to open up another bottle, and this time I took the time to really enjoy the nuances of this Rosé. I reviewed last year’s offering of this wine and loved it then, but it’s grown up a bit with this vintage.
First of all, “Rosé” is a misnomer. It is darker than pink, certainly a lot different from the Rosés of Provence that are a light salmony peachy color. It almost looks like a Gamay or a light Pinot Noir in the glass. This is definitely a grown-up’s pink wine, mostly because there’s not much actual “pink” involved.
Just like last year’s vintage, I notice that it’s heavier in the glass than the usual Rosé, and that’s to be expected. After all, this is supposed to be a summer wine, right? It’s not as big as a red, so Cab Sauv has nothing to fear. Cherries, strawberries, and a touch of watermelon waft from the glass, along with pink peppercorns and raspberries. There’s a bit of spice in there, but as usual, I can’t remember what it is.
It has an almost Pinot-like quality on the palate – just this much short of being silky. It caresses your tongue with red berries, cherries, the tartness and acidity of cranberries, and a bit of earthiness usually found in true reds. It has a medium finish and is, in a word, yummy.
Now I still have two bottles left, and hopefully they’ll last through the new year. If not, oh well. I’m eating lightly nowadays (lost 27 pounds. Yay!) and Rosé as a winter wine works perfectly in my eating plan. As a healthy supplement, of course.
This wine pairs beautifully with poultry and fish and even goes great with a mega-salad! In addition, it’s delicious and drinkable just for fun. A double thumbs-up on my highly recommended George Clooney scale of yumminess.
So what does this have to do with sex? Well, the look, the aroma, and the taste are all wonderful. They put a smile on my face, and I want to sleep afterwards. Too much information? Sorry!
So while not all Rosés will qualify as “as good as sex” wines, this one is up there. Rich, luscious, and not out of place in the winter, this is a fun and yummy Rosé. Definitely a contender in my George Clooney scale.
I still have two bottles. I probably won’t be sharing.