Staff Selections • Noelle Starr
RESERVE de la SAURINE ROSÉ
France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Vin de Pays du Gard
Never, in the history of ever, have I been more excited about the arrival of Spring. I plan to do as many “spring-y” things as possible. Topping my to-do list is: plant a garden, deep clean my house, and fill my wine glass with Rosé. Surdyk’s offers plenty of pretty pink bottles from all over the wine growing world to choose from, but this year, I want something French. Reserve de la Saurine, from the Languedoc region, is my choice for the start of the season. This lovely dry Rosé is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan, and Syrah. These classic French varietals contribute to the pale pink color, the expressive nose of citrus and apple, and the palate full of red cherry fruit, lively minerality, and mouthwatering finish. The stellar sale price means you can grab enough to last all Rosé season – which we all know goes way beyond Spring!
TENUTA TASCANTE "GHIAIA NERA"
Mount Etna, Italy’s active volcano, provides the dramatic backdrop for Tenuta Tascante’s steeply terraced vines. Rich volcanic soil and warm, sun-filled summers combine with the high elevation to create the ideal home for the Nerello Mascalese varietal. The reds from Etna are often compared stylistically to Pinot Noir, and this is certainly true here. The wine’s light body shows notes of cherry and cranberry. The palate offers warm spices and dark fruit that are incredibly fresh and bright, even though the wine sees 24 months in Slavonian oak. This is an ideal food wine, and I love it with tomato-based pastas, any preparation of salmon, or perhaps my favorite pairing, with a charcuterie plate featuring ripe cheeses and rich salumi.