Nancy gathered a group of women in Maine for a few days and I put them to work – tasting rosé wines of various prices. We had heard that Domaine Ott was the queen of rosés, but we had also been told that many less expensive rosés were delicious. Here are the results of our ‘less than scientific’ research.
Our first surprise was how many choices we had. I asked three different wine merchants to recommend their favorite rosés. I uncorked four bottles the first night and three the second night.
We did not have unanimity about what constituted great flavor. Most of us preferred a light, crisp, young, dry, ‘not too sweet’ rosé with little tannin. We were unanimous in rejecting the wines which had a metallic or lingering after taste. For us, rosés are lighthearted wines to be enjoyed in sunny places and not the focus of the meal. We all preferred the wine cold, some added ice cubes.