July 09, 2008

Simi 2007 Sonoma County Roseto, $15

It's officially rosé season. For those who are pink-phobic, or for any night you're grilling burgers, chorizo or teriyaki-style tofu, look for roses made from syrah. Syrah makes dark-colored reds filled with black plum, pepper and licorice flavors; as a rose, the grape tends to make wines that are closer to red than pink, with meaty, deep flavor. Simi's 2007 Roseto from Sonoma County gets a dash of viognier to lift and brighten those dark fruit flavors, making it hearty yet refreshing, and as red as you really want to go when it's 96 degrees outside. Simi Winery, Healdsburg, Calif.

This review first appeared in the Denver Post.

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