Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the importers.
As I mentioned last week, Wine Blogging Wednesday is back! Founded by Lenn almost a decade ago (ha! does that make some of the old-time wine bloggers feel even older?), WBW is a monthly wine event hosted by a different wine blogger every month. I’ve hosted a couple times in the past with great success, and we welcome WBW back after a nearly 2 year hiatus thanks to Tim of WineCast. For WBW #80, which I also think is technically the 9th anniversary of WBW, Tim chose Dry Rosé as the theme and simply asked us to review a dry rosé to review.
Easy peasy as far as I am concerned. Who doesn’t like rosé in the summer? Here in DC, while we’ve been having an unexpectedly mild August (what’s up with that??), it’s still been plenty warm enough to bust out some rosé to beat the humidity, which is generally killer when you live in a swamp. In the summer.
For this milestone WBW, I chose the 2011 Michel Torino Malbec Rose. It’s a wine from Wildman Selections, clocks in at 13.5% alcohol by volume, has a Nomacorc closure (which I just learned about when I attended Drink Local Wine this spring), and retails for about $15.
Four takeaways from this wine:
1.) While it has some tannins on the finish, the acidity is there and it is well-balanced.
2.) I enjoyed the dried cherries and herbal notes on this wine.
3.) While we enjoyed this rocking in our Adirondack chairs on the front porch (did I not mention that I turned 70 lately?? ;) ) I thought it would be great with my signature BBQ ribs.
4.) I’m not sure I’ve ever had a Malbec Rosé before, but I’m intrigued and would definitely try another.
On the nose I got juicy raspberries, dried cherries, and herbal notes. In the mouth I found cherry, raspberry, blackberry, and herbs. Overall, the wine struck me as light, bright, dry, and refreshing with good acidity that made it perfect for a hot day.
Many thanks to Tim for hosting, and, as always, a tip of the hat to our founder Lenn!