I posted a semi-rant awhile ago about white-zins and off dry rose wines, and because of the replies I received, my eyes have been opened tremendously. I have done an about face since.
However, all of the embarrassment aside, I have come to discover and realize the tremendous place they DO play in the awesome world of wine. Spicy foods, barbecues and pizza pie are outstanding accompaniments to these "blush beauties". I've also discovered how wide the quality spectrum really is with roses. Also the many different sweet, off dry, or dry styles that there are. Made with just about any of the red wine variety grapes (and more I've never even heard of). Well, now that I'm through with my confession- here's my tasting note:
Tortoise Creek 2004 Vin De Pays D'Oc Rose D'Une Nuit
70% Syrah 30% Grenache 12.5%
Beautiful in the glass, more on the red side of rose than pink/orange-ish.
I served it chilled like a white. Swirl, sniff - Amazing, immense, luscious fruity nose; strawberries, red delicious apple, tart pie cherries. Sip, taste - dry, Seamless nose to palate transfer with addition of minerality note and great zing of acidity bolstering the fruity freshness. Very pure finish, not long, viscous or complex just absolutely refreshing. Great with pizza. Would probably go great with any acidic/tomato based food.
Oh and, I could sniff this stuff all day- absolutely awesome nose!