This bright and lively MaryHill Rose of Sangiovese 2006 is the color of fresh strawberries. It has a light aroma reminscent of a tart strawberry lemonade. This is an off dry rose with only about 1.5% residual sugar. The flavor is fresh strawberries and tart rhubarb. It has a long and silky finish for a rose.
The crisp acidity in this wine makes it an ideal palate refresher. Because it is off dry versus a sweet rose, it is delightfully refreshing on a hot evening. We enjoyed this lovely rose twice this week. First, it was part of a birthday celebration of lightly smoked pork, grilled corn and asparagus. The MaryHill Rose of Sangiovese was an excellent pairing for the pork and stood up well to the pork. The acidity allowed it to pair well with the grilled and marinated asparagus. The smoky sweetness of the fresh corn was a little too sweet for this particular rose. The sweet corn would have paired much better with a sweeter wine. This off dry MaryHill Rose of Sangiovese 2006 paired much more successfully with the pinenut encrusted salmon that we had for dinner tonight. The rose was crisp and bright and paired well with the oily richness of the salmon.
Consider this wine as a delightful patio sipper on a hot summer day. It is probably a lot drier than most roses that you have sipped but it adds to the refreshing quality of this wine.