It's springtime which means the sun is out and the birds are chirping. It's the time of year when it's safe to start planting things like herb gardens, tomato plants or flowers. It's also the time of year to be reminded Rosé wines have made a come back. They aren't just pink wines that Gramma puts an ice cube in anymore. Rosé's started to gain respect over the past few years after producers around the world raised the bar by making rosé's with their red grapes of choice. A recent tasting of Spanish wines at my local wine shop, Total Beverage, led to the discovery of Bodegas Olivares Rosé Jumilla 2007.
Spanish wines have been en fuego over the past couple of years because the wines are well made, and well priced. This rosé is no exception selling for about $8. It's made mostly of Monestrell grapes, which seem to be happiest when they're growing in a region called Jumilla. Typically, you'll find Monestrell grapes in red wines as a blending grape in scrumptious red blends. But like most red grapes, you can make a rosé out of it. The Monestrell works very well for this wine. It wasn't the kind of rosé that makes your lips pucker. Tart flavors gave way to a fleshed out strawberry and cherry marmalade. If you've ever heard someone refer to a rosé as "dry" or "bone dry" it's because the sugar and alcohol aren't as obvious. The Olivares would be considered dry. This wine is the kind of wine you could happily sip on as you're out gardening on a sunny spring day. But be careful, because although it's a dry wine, there's enough residual sugar and alcohol that after a few glasses you'll be face down in the petunia's without realizing it.