Wow – it was a rough fall and winter here in New York and especially on Long Island. The warmer, milder weather has been a long time coming. But this weekend, so far, has finally brought a break. I think we’ve actually gotten past the real cold. You can just feel Spring waiting to really pop. The trees are all budding, spring bulbs have flowered. The stores are bursting with baskets and flats of annuals. You can actually breathe again. And I love Daylight Savings and the longer days that it brings. Finally!!!
So naturally my mind has turned to warmer weather wines. And most prominent in my mind is Rose. I love a good Rose. A crisp, clean bright and lively pink delight exploding with delicate cherry, strawberry and rose. That’s what I’m talking about!!!
Yesterday I hung out on the deck and enjoyed a glass of Domaine Houchart Cotes de Provence 2012. Priced at around $12.00, it was a fantastic buy. This is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvedre.
And it fulfilled my Rose craving beginning with it’s beautiful salmon color, fresh berries and roses on the nose and cherry, strawberry, citrus and rose in the mouth. What a terrific clean, crisp finish. Nice minerality here.
A great start to a new season.
Today we are looking forward to getting out on the bike for the first time since October, breathing in the warmer air and clearing the debris from the week and the winter from our minds.
Maybe I will finish off that Rose when we get back.