Chrysalis 2002 "Mariposa" Virginia Dry Rosé ($13.00)
Made in the style of a Spanish clarete, this attractive rosé is not the usual pink wine made from red grapes with the skins removed, but an actual blend of a white (Chardonnay, about 80 percent) and a red (the all-American Norton). A pretty pink color about the shade of watermelon juice, it breathes a ripe, delicious red-berry scent unusually forward for a rosé, with an attractive floral back note. Full, dry and tart, this is no wimpy, sweetish "blush" wine but a real wine-drinker's rosé that presents tart but luscious berry fruit and a whiff of white pepper over a fresh core of lemony fresh-fruit acidity. Serving hint: Although it's refreshing served ice-cold on a summer day, it's such a "red" rosé that its flavors really show up best when you let it warm toward a more moderate "cellar temperature" in the glass. US Importer: (Aug 11, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: It was excellent with pasta topped with a quick sauce of chopped green olives and herbs, and would give fine service with poultry or grilled fish.

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