Wednesday, June 9, 2010

2009 Gai'a 14-18h Rosé

The late spring is a joyous time as the wine stores start carrying lots of Rosés. Though I enjoy drinking Rosé year round, for many it is primarily a summer drink. So it can be hard to find in the fall/winter yet the summer time brings a deluge of Rosé to the market. So when it becomes available, I am always trying new ones, such as the 2009 Gai'a 14-18h Rosé ($15). You should do the same and try some new Rosé.

Gai'a Wines, S.A. is a Greek wine producer and you can read more information about them, including some reviews of their other wines, either here or here.

The 2009 Gaia 14-18h Rosé is made from 100% Agiorgitiko, the St. George grape. Its name derives from the fact that this wine has 14-18 hours of skin contact, which gives it a rich pink color. It has an alcohol content of 12.5% and a bright nose of red fruits. It is a very dry Rosé, definitely Old World in style, with restrained but definite flavors of strawberry, watermelon and cherry. It is a very crisp and refreshing wine, perfect for a summery day. It should prove to be very food friendly, from some broiled scallops to some grilled lamb. I actually drank it with grilled burgers and hot dogs and it was fine with them.

I bought this wine at the Wine Bottega, which has a good selection of Rosé.


Ann Flowers said...

What a wonderful post, beautifully written. It captures these wines so well.

Beth said...

Thanks for sharing the review of 2009 Gai'a 14-18h Rosé". It was nice going through your blog.

Paul Kalemkiarian said...

I think a lot of seasoned wine drinkers in the US are very resistant to the idea of Rosé, particularly because they tend to associate them with sweet, low-quality, $2 labels, whereas in France and Italy, everyone is sitting outside of restaurants and cafes drinking it.

One of my favorites is the Grenache Rose, 2008. Mrs. Wigley (named after a cat) from McLaren Vale, Australia: salmon-peach in the glass, white peach and honeysuckle in the nose, raspberry and lychee in the palate, and clean and crisp in the finish. And the best part? It is absolutely dry.

Great post.

Paul Kalemkiarian
President, Wine of the Month Club

Richard Auffrey said...

Thanks very much Paul for your comments and recommendation. I love a good dry rose, and will have to seek out that Australian one.