Warm weather, barbeques, and baseball in full swing – all the signs of summer are here. You might be ready to reach for the old standbys of light beer and Provençal Rosé. I would ask that you cast these ideas aside and instead venture into the realm of German Rosé. In the last two months my colleagues and I have tasted a great number of fantastic Rosés from around the world, but the unanimous verdict has been that the very best of the 2012s have come from Germany. I know, I know, your thinking: I didn’t even know Germany made any Rosé and how good could they be. To answer those questions: yes they do, and they are phenomenal. Among the finest of Germany’s red wines is their Pinot Noir. The 2012 vintage in Germany’s Pfalz region was spectacular for Pinot Noir and the Rosés made from these grapes have been equally spectacular.
The 2012 Reichsrat von Buh ($15.99)l from the Pfalz region in Southwest Germany is everything a summer Rosé should be. Its light salmon hue foreshadows the elegant red fruit aromas and whisper light palate weight. This wine is a perfect pair for fresh prawns off the barbeque and a side of greens.
If Rosés of the lighter variety are not to your liking, then you may want to try the luscious fruit forward and full bodied Petit Rosé from Friedrich Becker ($15.99). This fantastic offering is a blend of Pinot Noir, Portugieser, Cabernet Sauvignon, and some Dornfelder. This is a wine of fantastic weight and viscosity that richly displays the lush red strawberry and raspberry fruit on the palate which are so abundant on the nose. So when perusing the Rosés for your next afternoon sipper, reach for one of these gems from Germany and be prepared for a real treat.
Bill A., Beltramo’s Wine Consultant