So the Rosé arrived today, and I opened a bottle this evening without even giving it a chance to acclimate. It's slightly chilled - probably 55° - 60° F.
So how is this not your grandmother's rosé, you ask.
It's almost exactly as I was confident it would be. A light salmon color - not pink. Very good nose - strawberries, citrus, and some floral in the background (rose? lilac?). In the mouth the flavors come through immediately and then sustain and evolve for a quite a awhile. The floral notes are muted in the palate, but some melony tastes come out. There's just a touch of effervescence. A bit of tannin comes through after a minute or two. Appears to me to be almost bone dry; there's a bit of apparent sweetness but that comes from the fruit notes, not from any residual sugar. There's a bit of acidity and a trace of heat, but all very well balanced. I'm sitting here about five minutes after having had a sip and I can still taste bright flavors, and feel a bit of the tannin and acidity. It has not gone the least bit flat or lost any zip.
This is very easy to quaff on it's own sitting on the deck, and it should also be stupid-good with seafood where the acidity and citrus notes can shine. I would not drink this chilled below 50° F; if you do a lot of the complexity will be lost.
I am glad I got a case of this stuff. Seems to me that it's got enough presence to hold up for about a year.
Sweet and insipid this is not. This is dry, robust and complex. At the $10.99/bottle WTSO price it's a great buy.