I found this Spanish rosé at Sprouts for about $5 and could not pass it up, so powerful was the combination of color, labeling, and price. And I was delighted to find a hot pink cork when I opened the bottle last night. I’m totally saving that cork.
Anyway, I was surprised by the peachy, nectarine color the wine poured, and I really expected it to taste like some perfect Bellini or Mimosa – all sweet and peachy. I was completely wrong in that assumption. Turns out, this wine is surprisingly dry, with really strong earthy-dirty aroma and flavor. It was lightly fruity, with a hint of tropical fruit and citrus, and it had a surprising floral/herbal taste that reminded me of eucalyptus or mimosa (not the drink) trees.
It was actually perfect for the lingering heat of the evening, while I sipped it on the back patio. Dry and crisp and pretty in the glass when the condensation formed drops that slid down the stem. Just wonderful.