Six European Rose Wines For Summer

hb rose Six European Rose Wines For SummerWe’ve already given you the lowdown on summer whites. Now let’s look at summer pinks — rose wines from all over Europe, ready for savoring while the kids try to drown each other in the pool. Did we mention cheap? No? OK, we’ll mention it now!

All six of these wines come courtesy of importer Frederick Wildman.

France / 2009 Hecht & Bannier Languedoc Rose / $12 / A- / bigger than most, with a distinct strawberry character, tart and full bodied (pictured)

France / 2009 Jaboulet Parallele 45 “P45″ Rose / $12 / A- / fruity but leaner, with crisp acidity

France / 2009 Pascal Jolivet Altitude Rose / $16 / B+ / Pinot Noir-based, quite tart, with a bigger body

Spain / 2009 El Coto Rosado / $10 / B / quite harmless and easygoing, much like El Coto Bianco

Italy / 2009 La Scolca Rosa Chiara / $16 / B+ / made from Cortese grapes; has strong perfume notes and a jammy, blueberry finish; intriguing but odd; available only in NY and NJ

Italy / 2009 Santi Rose “Infinito” / $11 / B / not much to it, with strawberries up front and a little perfume on the finish

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