I must say that I enjoyed tasting the first of the 2009 rosés to come my way, even as it snowed (yet again) here in New York. I don’t know about you, but this is about the time when I start to get just a little tired of winter, despite the good skiing we’ve had and the excitement of watching the Vancouver Olympics games. And so, Jean-Luc Colombo’s 2009 Cape Bleue Rosé from near Marseilles in southeastern France came just at the right time and made me imagine the warmer days that lie ahead.
The $12 wine, a Vin de Pays de Mediterranée, is light copper in color and is a blend of 40 percent syrah, 40 mourvèdre and 20 percent counoise. With notes of raspberry, cherry, yellow peach, this is a bright rosé with minerals and a bit of citrus and green herb on the finish. Enjoy it as an aperitif and with broiled fish, chicken and lighter vegetable dishes. A welcome taste of spring. Imported by Palm Bay International, Boca Raton, Florida. (Received as a press sample.)