Perhaps it’s the long winter we just experienced or the relatively short summers here in Minnesota (or more likely both), but I’ve found myself on a quest lately to enjoy as many wines as I can that I would classify as “summertime sippers”.
A summertime sipper doesn’t necessarily have to be a wine that I would only drink in summer, but it does have to be a wine that is refreshing — one that I would be happy to drink on a hot and humid 90 degree day. We’ve covered a number of these lately, beginning with the recent Summer 2013 Edition of the Top 10 White Wines Under $20 as well as our recent feature on Albarino – Made For Summertime Sipping on the Patio.
Today we have two excellent wines that fall into this category. Torrontés has long been one of our favorite white wines. The Malbec Rosé is a different story in that I’ve hadn’t had much luck with these in the past so I was eager to give another a try. The result? Let’s find out!
First up is the 2012 Crios Rosé of Malbec, which is 100% Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. This wine has an SRP of $13 and is available for as low as $10. 18,000 cases were imported. Sample submitted for review.
From the winery:
“A beautiful, deep, vibrant rosé color. Has a surprising amount of body for a rosé wine, and beautiful aromas of fresh, ripe wild strawberries. On the palate, the flavors of strawberries and young cherries come rushing in, accompanied by some spice notes and a clean, dry finish. This is the perfect chicken wine and a charming companion to mildly spicy Asian cuisine. Keep one in the fridge at all times and you’ll always have a delicious wine to enjoy with light snacks and cheeses. Best consumed in its youth.
The 2012 Crios Rosé of Malbec begins with a light berry aroma with a hint of sea salt. It’s a bit subdued at first but then opens up with a little time in the glass. Tasting the wine reveals an excellent texture with dark berry flavors and a hint of spice that adds a nice dimension. The wine has good fruit but is not overly sweet. It ends dry with good length. Don’t drink this one too cold as it becomes more multi-dimensional as it warms up a bit.
Next up is the 2012 Crios Torrontés which is 100% Torrontés also from Argentina. This wine has an SRP of $15 and available for as low as $10. (Spotted for $11 at Costco.) 35,000 cases were imported. Sample submitted for review.
From the winery:
“Enticing aromas that are strikingly similar to Viognier, with hints of peach pit, white pear, flowers, and orange citrus fruit. On the palate, it has beautiful structure and acidity similar to Sauvignon Blanc along with enticing fruit flavors that keep you coming back for another sip and plenty of body for a wine that shows such delicate aromas and flavors. Fruity, floral and yet still quite dry, this wine has to be tasted to be believed.
The 2012 Crios Torrontés begins with wonderful and complex aromas of tangerine and lime along with hints of mint, sea salt, white pepper and flowers. The wine tastes excellent with a really pleasant texture. The fruit turns more tropical and zesty in the mouth and offers intense flavors with a nice bit of white pepper. This is a very easy to drink wine that would be great with seafood or even some grilled meats, believe it or not.