Among the joys of exploring dry rosés is tasting those made from dark grapes that are most often associated with robust, full-bodied red wines. One example is the nebbiolo grape, the only variety used in the powerful and tannic Barolo and Barbaresco wines from Italy’s Piedmont region. These wines are often quite expensive, but nebbiolo can also be found in more affordable Piedmont rosés, like the one below. It’s compared with a dry rosé from the Provence area of France.
G.D. Vajra 2018 Rosabella Rosato, Italy
Bought • Parker’s Table, 7118 Oakland Avenue, in April for $14.99
Description • Made mostly with nebbiolo with lesser amounts of barbera and dolcetto, this orange-pink wine comes from the G.D. Vajra estate, which is located in Vergne, the highest village in Barolo. It has an inviting floral aroma and tastes of watermelon and strawberries with some bakery spice. It ends with a crisp, refreshing citrusy finish. A medium-bodied rosé with lots of character and flavor, it’s best enjoyed with food including salmon, entrée salads and spicy Asian cuisine.
Les Vins Bréban 2018 Lavendette Rosé, IGP Alpes de Haute Provence, France
Bought • Parker’s Table, 7118 Oakland Avenue, in April for $11.99
Description • This pale salmon-colored wine comes from an area in the southern foothills of the Alps, along France’s border with Italy. It’s made from 40 percent syrah, 40 percent grenache and 20 percent cinsault, which is a typical blend for rosés from Provence. Fresh, light and crisp, it tastes of red berries with a clean lemon finish. Delicate and very quaffable as an aperitif wine, the Lavendette is a wine that makes you want to sit out on the patio and enjoy the springtime weather.