Between Dr. Deb's over at Good Wine Under $20 and the Catavino Forum, the Roses' keeps flowing at our house in the evening. The evenings are getting much warmer here in Key West, as you can tell by the condensation of the bottle I am trying to photograph. The color's of the Roses' are just beauteous, but can be hard to photograph. You really want to highlight their colors and, depending on where you take the photo and what type of lighting you have, it can be tricky.
The Rose' of choice last evening was the Louis Bernard Cotes-du-Rhone 2005 Rhone Rose' Wine from Orange, France. The grapes that comprise this wine are Granche, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsault. It had 13% alcohol which was not overpowering as you might think. It was nice and soft on the palate. After popping the cork, I was truly taken in by the wonderful bouquet of raspberries and strawberries that greeted my nose. The color of the wine was a soft pink with a touch of ruby, which you can see both colors in the two photos I took.
I did not taste this wine until I finished with my outdoor shots, and by then the wine had warmed up a bit. So my first taste of this Rose' was probably at 65 degrees. The strawberry flavor was the most prominent flavor, but the alcohol was starting to surface a bit. I took the bottle back in the house and stuck it in the freezer to cool it down again and I am so glad I did. The temperature was 50-54 degrees at my next taste and OH! what a difference that made. All of the luscious flavors of strawberry and raspberry now jumped out of the glass and the alcohol was much softer at this time.
I highly recommend this wine for the start of the end of your day. Just be sure to serve it well chilled!!!!