There was a time when men – stock characters like Archie Bunker or Don Draper – would never be caught with a glass of pink wine in hand.
They were only punishing themselves, or so it would seem when you take a sip of De Tierra’s newly released 2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir.
A swirl lifts aromas that send your mind wandering through fields of strawberries and watermelon deep in the summer, yet with a brush of orange blossom, like a reminder of the freshness of spring.
When sipped, the wine takes you through patches of strawberry, watermelon and rhubarb, but there is a hint of bitter lemon zest – tart, yet with a scrunching bite – that fends nicely with the brighter flavors. It teases you at first, dabbling lightly. Then it builds, layering depth to the fruit, giving impressions of grass and light spice.
Yet through all of this, the Rosé remains a light, dry and crisp wine – just the sort of thing for a summer afternoon. It’s something to enjoy as well as ponder.
So real men do drink pink wines. Or at least they should.
DE TIERRA VINEYARDS, Mission and Fifth, Carmel. 622-9704, detierra.com