Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Rose Wines Now Featured at Eastern Standard, Boston

Photo Credit:  Marlo Marketing and Eastern Standard
 If you're like me it's entirely possible that you have had a little bit of prejudice against Rosé wines. Of course, like all prejudices, I'm sure you've also learned that these pink wines are getting an undeserved bad wrap.

Created either as the primary product-by removing the skins of red grapes early in the process or as a by-product of the red wine process, Rosé wines are light, usually crisp and refreshing. To my palette I have found that Rosés have similar depth of flavor as the red, but without the heaviness that can accompany. This, of course, makes for a perfect summer sipper!

One of my local favorites, Eastern Standard is celebrating the season with a host of these added to their wine list. ES also has some of the best bartenders around who I know will be helpful guides in selecting which one is right for you.  So head on over, enjoy their fabulous patio, and taste test a glass....or two.

Eastern Standard’s 2012 Rosé By-the-Glass List:

2011 Chateau Commanderie de Peyrassol, Provence, ($11 glass) Often considered Eastern Standard’s signature rosé with regulars and wine aficionados eagerly awaiting its arrival each year, the Peyrassol is also available by the bottle, magnum and jeroboam. A blend of Cinseault, Syrah, and Grenache, this wine leaves a fresh strawberry and stonefruit character on the nose while a subtle creaminess fills the palate with soft acidity and an herbal finish. 

2011 Fattoria di Basciano Sangiovese Rosé, Tuscany, ($9 glass) This 100 percent Sangiovese is a more deeply colored and intense in flavor rosé wine due to the saignée technique. It is medium bodied and fresh on the palate with floral aromas and soft cherry fruit. It has a very lively character, bountiful acidity and a hint of residual sugar. 

2011 Domaine de Mourchon Séguret Rosé “Loubie,” Côtes du Rhône, ($10 glass) A Cinseault, Syrah, Grenache blend, this wine originates from a secluded valley in Côtes du Rhône. The terraced hillside vineyard is predominantly clay and grey limestone which combined with its microclimate produces a wine of truly unique terroir. Aromas of strawberries, citrus fruit and spring flowers combine with a palate that has good acidity, is refreshing and full of fruit and length. 

2011 Domaine du Vissoux Beaujolais Rosé “Les Griottes,” Burgundy, ($11 glass) Pierre-Marie Chermette and his wife Martine are pioneers of sustainable viticulture in Beaujolais and adhere to natural winemaking principal, making wines in a truly traditional way by working with small parcels, indigenous yeasts, and acutely tended Gamay vines. Their wines are favorites in many Parisian wine bars. This Rosé is 100 percent Gamay and is fresh and delicate on the palate. 

2011 Domaine du Collotte Marsannay Rosé, Burgundy, ($12 glass) This Pinot Noir is grown on vines that were planted over sixty years ago and are tended completely by hand at this family run estate. As soon as the Pinot Noir grapes are picked and crushed, the juice is passed into stainless steel fermentation tanks allowing it to preserve its fruity character. This dry, somewhat serious rosé is the perfect accompaniment to a hearty meal like salmon or steak tartare. 

2011 Sattler Zweigelt, Burgenland ($10 glass) The Sattler family has been producing wine is Austria for four generations.  Erich Sattler, the current winemaker, attended the School of Winemaking in Krems and then the University of Agriculture in Vienna. He took over production in 1999. This wine, a 100 percent Zweigelt, is produced in the traditional saignée method; the juice is kept in contact with the skins for a short period of time and then vinified like white wine.

COST:                    Varies, see descriptions above
WHEN:                 Available May 1 – October 10, 2012
WHERE:               Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks


Colleen @ Culinary Colleen said...

There's nothing I love more than a glass of rose on a patio in the summer! I'll have to check this out.

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

Enjoying some crisp rose on ES' patio sounds about as perfect as summer can get!

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