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Went to the fridge - which I usually keep stocked to find that I had forgotten to replenish the white wine. What to drink? Didn't fancy beer, spirits or red but I spotted a bottle of rose left there since September so over chilled. Brought it out to warm up slightly and then poured a glass each for myself and James.
Almost a pale coral pinky orange colour with a disitinctive cherry strawberry aroma. Made from Pinot Noir I had expected this. Taste wise it was delicate, fruity with a hint of herbaceousness and a slight mineral edge. Refreshing and elegant a good match for our chicken in tarragon sauce. This is a rose which is delightful even out of the season - traditional rose drinking time for us.
I think that my next self imposed abstinence will be sometime away now!