Beat the heat with a light-bodied roses
The dog days of August have been biting early, but drinking these three chilled rose’ wines is one way to muzzle the heat. And the prices are cool, too.
The 2011 Saladini Pilastri Rosato is refreshing and redeeming. Its pure sangiovese grapes are organically farmed on hillside vineyards in Italy’s Marche region. About a decade ago, I traveled through Marche tasting its white wine made from the vermentino grape. Day after day of this acidic, light-bodied wine left a sour memory of Marche until two weeks ago, when the delightful cherry scented-and -flavored 2011 Saladini Pilastri Rosato crossed my palate.
There are accents of strawberry and orange in the 2011 Saladini Pilastri Rosato. Its light body offsets the heavy summer air, and sangiovese’s acidity is subservient to the ripe fruit flavors. Fresh, clean and crisp, this wine comes with the no-sweat price of $8. The 2011 Saladini Pilastri Rosato is distributed by R&R Marketing in Caldwell.