When it comes to wine, two of my favorite things about spring begin with the letter "R": rose and Robert Kacher Selections. Spring is when the latest vintages of Kacher wines hit Boise. If you don't know the name, you should. It's one of those back label signatures to look for, and a Robert Kacher Selection is as good a guarantee of quality and value as you can get. This time of year I starting craving roses from his outstanding line-up of wines imported from the south of France. They are crisp and charming, and are my constant companions from the first breath of spring to the dying embers of summer. Here are three of my favorites:
2007 Chateau Guiot Rose, $9.99
This rose is a deeply pigmented blend of grenache and syrah with bright ruby hues that reflect the light. Intensely perfumed aromas of strawberry and rhubarb are backed by enticingly subtle hints of basil and cinnamon. Big but balanced in the mouth, it offers a puree of raspberry, blackberry and tart cherry fruit. The finish does not disappoint with bright fruit balanced by crisp acidity and remarkable persistence.
2007 Chateau Grande Cassagne Rose, $9.99
Over the last several years, this has been a consistent favorite. A glimmering bright pink in color with aromas of red currant and wild strawberry, there's a light hit of Mourvedre in this blend of grenache and syrah that adds a bit of muscle to this fruit-forward delight. It has surprisingly concentrated flavors of red berry and dark cherry with a refreshing hit of citrus on the finish. This one is another winner.
2007 Mas des Bressades Rose, $10.99
This is a simply gorgeous wine, from the iridescent garnet color that almost glows in the glass, to the floral cherry, rose and spice aromas that exude nothing but charm. The flavors in this grenache, syrah, cinsault blend are both unctuous and elegant, bursting with ripe strawberry fruit with lovely touches of herb and spice. There are light mineral and pepper accents on the silky finish that linger on and on.