Pinks began as sweet California blush wine in the 1970s, but the oft-misunderstood category of dry, delicate rosé has become popular over the past few years thanks to better quality wines and a wider selection from Europe. Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks has been at the forefront of rosé education with its annual rosé by the glass list that encourages guests to drink more pink on the patio this summer. Most rosés are best enjoyed at a chilled temperature of 40 to 45 degrees, which makes them a refreshing choice for warm days. Here’s a look at what you can expect from Easter Standard’s by the glass menu.
2010 Domaine Collotte Marsannay Rosé, Burgundy ($12)
One hundred percent Pinot Noir from the Côte d'Or in Burgundy, this wine offers an extracted strawberry hue, medium body and a soft yet weighty feel on the palate. “While certainly quaffable on its own or with lighter aperitif offerings, this wine really sings when paired with steak tartare, charcuterie and other heartier offerings. A refined Burgundy rosé for a real food and rosé wine lover, ”? said wine director Colleen Hein.
2010 Château Commanderie de Peyrassol, Provence ($11)
Hein praises this pink for its classic attributes. “[It’s] the quintessential Provencal rosé: A blend of cinseault, syrah and grenache [grapes] that results in a brilliant salmon hue with lively acidity, notes of stone fruit, minerality and ‘peaches and cream.’ This is a wine that truly transports you to the place that it is from… Think grilled fish, herbs de Provence and freshly shucked Island Creek oysters,” said Hein.
2010 Leiu-dit Cocagne Rosé, Coteaux du Vendemois, Loire Valley ($8)
This 100 percent Pineau d'Aunis is a little known varietal that is high in acidity and citrus fruits, with notes of pink grapefruit and a briny salinity, attributed to the region’s coastal location. “It’s oh-so-discernibly Loire,” said Hein.??
2010 Domaine Magellan Cinseault Rosé “Le Fruit Défendu,” Languedoc ($8)
An expression of old vine cinseault, the “Le Fruit Défendu” (or forbidden fruit) is a perfect expression of the varietal in its “other than red” form. The saturated cherry hue suggests a touch of depth, though the palate remains lively and lithe with a lift of wild strawberry as well as an herbaceous note of garrigue, a term used for a variety of herbs that sprout wild on the roadsides of Southern France.
2010 Domaine de la Petite Marie Bourgueil Rosé, Loire ($12)
Though this rosé boasts telltale hints of the cabernet franc varietal, the softly blushed hues of peach and pink embody its more delicate and effeminate form. The eastern Loire Valley couple that produces this wine comes from an esteemed family: Corinne and James Petit tend to the vines with James’s uncle, Jean Gambier, the master and recently retired president of the Syndicate Growers of Bourgueil.??
2010 Margerum Rosé, Santa Barbara ($12)
Margerum is a small winery in Santa Barbara that is committed to producing handcrafted, natural wines. The 2010 is winemaker and proprietor Doug Margerum’s small parcel offering of a most unique rosé. Though it is made solely from grenache grapes, a portion of the wine is made from extracted juice with a higher skin to juice ratio, producing a more complex and deeply flavored wine. This is a dry rosé that has tannin, complexity and matches well with a diversity of courses. ??
2010 Château Peyrassol Rosé, Cotes de Provence ($100, 1.5 L; $225, 3 L)
Eastern Standard’s first offering of large format rosé, the Château Peyrassol is available in both magnum and jeroboam bottles. A 30-year vintage, the wine boasts the excellence of the domaine, using fruit from its oldest and low-yielding vines. A classic expression of Provencal rosé bound in large format Bordeaux-style bottles, the wine has a classic salmon hue coupled with a crisp, herbaceous palate.