While it's starting to move into fall here in Sonoma County, we're still having 80 degree days and that's plenty warm for anyone to enjoy a bit of rose'.
Rose' is wonderful, but I'm a bit particular. Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet...none of those are particularly interesting to me in their rose' form. Wines from these varieties and many others are often "saignee" wines and don't bring the flavor or balance in which we find delight in purposeful rose', that is, wine grapes that are picked specifically for the purpose of making rose. Picked earlier and at lower brix than grapes destined for red wine, purposeful roses are a thing of beauty and often fetch prices nearly $50....and they're well worth it!
So, while that's not really helping us here and our $13-$27 range, we've managed to find something quite interesting. The 2012 Reuilly Pinot Gris Rose from Denis Jamain's Domaine de Reuilly. For those not familiar, Reuilly is an AOC in the Loire Valley where only 3 grape varieties are grown (in Reuilly, not the Loire of course): Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc.
While this rose has a great pale salmon color reminiscent of it's relatives from Provence, make no mistake that this is not Mourvedre/Grenache based wine. It's Pinot Gris and I would guess has some Sauvignon Blanc blended with its hints of grapefruit and kafir lime on the front palate and clean, racy finish.
If your weeknight or weekend plans call for dining al fresco, I recommend you try this wine. Imported by Kermit Lynch, it's available widely and you can find it here, courtesy of 1000corks.com.
2012 Domaine de Reuilly Rose