5 wines to try this week


Recommendations

★ ★ ★Exceptional  ★ ★Excellent ★Very Good

Here’s a bouquet of rosés for Mother’s Day: delicious, pale pink wines that are ideal for warm weather and cool breezes. The first three selections are from importer Robert Shive,through his Allen Walker Collection.

Domaine d’Astros 2014

★ ★ ★

Maures, Provence, France, $15

A subregion of Provence, Maures is just outside St. Tropez. The wine combines the crisp, refreshing acidity we expect from rosé with a sneaky ripeness that emerges mid-palate, finishing with a fruit salad of flavors from watermelon to raspberry. Exciting rosé. Alcohol by volume: 12.5 percent.

Washburn in the District and Maryland: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Gallagher & Graham Fine Spirits, Van Ness Wines and Liquors; on the list at Al Dente, Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar, the Hamilton, Ici Urban Bistro, La Piquette, Le Chat Noir, Matisse, Petits Plats, Pinea, Woodward Table. RNDC in Virginia: Available at Whole Foods Market (various locations).

R d’Été 2014

★ ★ ★

Mediterranée, Provence, France, $15

Crisp and mineral, this delectable wine unfurls strawberry and melon flavors over an extended finish. Lovely. ABV:12.5 percent.

Washburn in the District and Maryland: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Gallagher & Graham Fine Spirits, Van Ness Wines and Liquors; on the list at Al Dente, Bistrot Lepic, the Hamilton, Ici Urban Bistro, La Piquette, Le Chat Noir, Matisse, Petits Plats, Pinea, Woodward Table. 

Château des Garcinières 2013

★ ★ ★

Côtes de Provence, France, $24

Here’s a good example of how a fine rosé will hold up, even improve, in its second year after the vintage. (We tend to rush them, as if there were a freshness date and the wine would go stale 12 months after harvest.) This wine, which includes a dollop of rolle (the French name for vermentino), is lovely, and it shows a bit more complexity and depth than we tend to expect from rosé. It is definitely a wine for food; think summery, garlicky dishes or salads. ABV: 13 percent.

Washburn in the District and Maryland: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Gallagher & Graham Fine Spirits, Van Ness Wines and Liquors; on the list at Al Dente, Bistrot Lepic, the Hamilton, Ici Urban Bistro, La Piquette, Le Chat Noir, Matisse, Petits Plats, Pinea, Woodward Table. 

Billette Bouquet de Provence 2014

★ ★ 1 / 2

M. Touton: Available in the District at Bacchus Wine Cellar, Barrel House Liquors, Best in Liquors, Cairo Wine & Liquor, Capitol Hill Wine and Spirits, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Cork & Fork, Morris Miller Wine & Liquor, Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Prego Market, Sherry’s Fine Wine & Spirits, S&S Liquor, Wagshal’s Deli; on the list at Rappahannock Oyster Bar. Available in Maryland at Beer, Wine & Co. and Georgetown Square Wine and Beer in Bethesda; the Bottle Shop and Wine Harvest in Potomac; Franklin’s Restaurant, Brewery and General Store and Yes! Organic Market in Hyattsville; Frederick Wine House, Old Farm Liquors and Riverside Liquors in Frederick; Petite Cellars and Pine Orchard Liquors in Ellicott City; Total Discount Liquors in Eldersburg; on the list at the Kitchen at the Imperial in Chestertown, Liv2Eat in Baltimore. Available in Virginia at Altura Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria, Balducci’s (Alexandria, McLean), Crystal City Wine Shop, Leesburg Vintner, the Vineyard in McLean, Unwined (Alexandria, Belleview), Vinosity in Culpeper. 

Manon 2014

★ ★

Côtes de Provence, France, $13

The bottle looks a bit like an Oscar statue, and the wine is available in half-bottles (375 ml) and magnums (1.5 liter) in the same shape. The important thing, of course, is that the wine is delicious and refreshing, if a bit straightforward. ABV: 12 percent.

M. Touton: Available in the District at Ace Beverage, Capitol Hill Wine and Spirits, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor, Cork & Fork, Magruder’s, Morris Miller Wine & Liquor, Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Rodman’s, Sheffield Wine & Liquor Shoppe, Sherry’s Fine Wine & Spirits. Available in Maryland at Beer, Wine & Co. and Bradley Food & Beverage in Bethesda; Franklin’s Restaurant, Brewery and General Store in Hyattsville; Frederick Wine House, Old Farm Liquors, Riverside Liquors, Westridge Liquors and Ye Old Spirit Shoppe in Frederick; Hunt Valley Wine, Liquor & Beer in Cockeysville; Montgomery Plaza Liquors in Catonsville; Silesia Liquors in Fort Washington; Snider’s Super Foods and Veridian Market & Wine in Silver Spring; Total Discount Liquors in Eldersburg. Available in Virginia at Mom’s Apple Pie (Occoquan), the Wine Outlet in Vienna, Wegmans (various locations).