Selby 2003 Sonoma County Rosé of Syrah ($9.99)
This is a clear, cherry-red wine, quite dark for a rosé I've seen plenty of Pinot Noir with a lighter hue. Ripe, fresh strawberry aromas add an intriguing note of earthy minerality. Clean, crisp and bone-dry on the palate, cherry-berry fruit and a dash of white pepper are framed by appropriately tart acidity, with red cherries and a hint of prickly "petillance," the barest hint of carbonation, adding a slight tickle in the finish. More complex than your average pink wine, and a lot more "guts." Better at cool cellar temperature than ice-cold, so its complex and earthy character will show. US Importer: (May 22, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: Well suited as an aperitif or with picnic fare; it went nicely with simple Southern fare with an Italian twist: Rich, bacon-laced cornbread with rapini sauteed with garlic in place of the traditional greens.



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