A cool-climate Pinot Noir rosé makes, at first thought, for an odd concept. It feels like a bit of an anomaly - the world's most famously finnicky and low-yielding grape made into a picnic wine; it's a bit like driving to the supermarket in a Lamborghini.
And yet in next-door Champagne, it is used extensively, sometimes even solely, to make the local fizz, so there is a precedent; Alsace, being barely any further south but more sheltered, can therefore do the same but producing bigger, fuller more food-friendly wines that don't need secondary fermentation to become interesting.
These two examples are full and crowd-pleasingly ripe, but not overly plump - a sort of Scarlett Johansson of wines.
Salmon pink in the glass, restrained nose; ripe red fruits, a hint of aromatic smokiness, good savouriness and length, full and weighty with nicely rounded acidity. Gentle persistence on the finish. Good.
Match with salmon or a quiche with tomatoes or red bell peppers.
Dopff & Irion Alsace Pinot Noir Rosé, 2012
This is also lovely - quite a deep, translucent red, on the nose there are hints of smokey spice and beeswax with varietal red fruits.
On the palate, there is lots of ripe red fruit and a fleshy Alsatian richness with some smokey spice. Good savouriness and length with pleasant rounded acidity. Good.
Lovely, well-balanced, easy-drinking rosé; match with picnic food - cold cuts, quiche and cheese.
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Image credit: Scarlett Johansson http://www.kernelscorner.com/2012/05/scarlett-johansson-avengers-vs-iron-man.html