I'm not the biggest fan of rosé. Generally, I enjoy it when it's hot outside and my skin has turned pink. To my taste, most rosés are simple, easy-to-drink sumer wines.
However, I took a chance (nearly twenty bucks for a rosé?!?) on Belle Glos' Oeil de Perdrix and was mightily surprised.
Belle Glos "Oeil de Perdrix" Pinot Noir Blanc, '04 ($18)
- Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, California
- Dusty rose in color with an interesting copper undertone
- Surprisingly non-fruity scents to begin: citrus rind, custard, cloves (it must have done a little dancin with oak). Then the fruit: strawberries and raspberries
- Medium-bodied, with a slightly viscous mouthfeel. The wine is fresh and crisp, yet quite complex for a young rosé. Flavors of berries give way to a citrus-y finish
**** (4 stars out of 5)
My only complaint (And I won't complain about the price - this is a very well-made wine): The bottle is dipped in wax rather than the usual foil capsule & cork situation. Said wax is light pink and looks lovely. Yet it's a bit thick to slice off with the standard foil cutter blade on a corkscrew. I nearly cut myself multiple times trying to get the wax off (curses were invoked.."#$%ing wax! What the $%*!?").
This is a wine that will work with food, but sip it leisurely on a summer evening and you'll forget the food.