Wines of the week: Riscasoli Albia Rose 2011; Santa Digna Rose Reserva 2012; Les Dauphins Côtes Du Rhône 2012
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Sunday 07 July 2013
Riscasoli Albia Rose 2011
The first of three rosés for high summer and warm weather drinking is a Tuscan blend of Sangiovese and Merlot. A lovely pale pink, it has classic rosé flavours of red fruits, with surprising length and a nice overall mineral quality. Drink in the garden with some big prawns or a lobster.
£11.99, yorkshirevintners.co.uk; £9.45, thedrinkshop.com (minimum order six bottles)
Santa Digna Rose Reserva 2012
A much more full-bodied proposition from Chile, this dark, smooth, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon rosé has a blend of strawberry and cherry fruits, with a backbone of some blackcurrant and stays just the right side of dry. Excellent with simple grilled chicken or pork, or a summer pudding.
£7.20, pauladamsfinewines.co.uk; £8.40, tanners-wines.co.uk
Les Dauphins Côtes Du Rhône 2012
With a nice retro label, this refreshing pink from the South of France is redolent of southern Mediterranean sunshine. Good with barbecued food, tapas or a bowl of pasta, an unfussy, all- round wine for summer.
£5 (until 11 July, usually £6.75), Asda
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