I like to enjoy a serious rosato the whole year around--Raffaele Palma's steely Salicerchi is a favorite--but there's no question that spring feels like the right season for blush wines. They match the color scheme, for one thing, and they match the flavor profiles, which is even more important. Yet more vital, they match the mood. There's a lightness, a freshness, and a brightness to a really good rosé from Provençe or Sancerre that feel good in spring.
I've chosen a dozen beautiful rosé and rosato wines for today's eLetter, and each one is simply lovely, affordable and delicious. There are floral beauties from Bandol, mineral Vacqueyras, floral St. Chinian, and there's a lean, muscular Nebbiolo, a terrific Super-Tuscan rosato from Antinori, and a volcanic one from Sicilia--plus a couple of other surprises. It's the time for rosés. Open one of these bottles and welcome spring. It's only natural.
Along with these twelve blush wines are three benchmark, serious reds. 2013 gifted Toscana with the kind of growing season that people will be talking about for years. Antinori's '13 Solaia gleams with classic lines and shines with purity. I scored some magnums of this outrageous Solaia vintage, so serious Super-Tuscan fans will want to get on that. Finally, I managed to get a pair of benchmark Collemattoni Brunello Riserva bottlings, the estate's ripe 2007 and stellar 2010. These are gorgeous wines and, like the Solaia, they'll drink for years to come.