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Hahn Estates 2005 Central Coast Vent de Lucia Dry Rose

I usually think of dry roses as something to enjoy during warmer weather, maybe during a picnic or casual dinner on the deck. But at a winemaker dinner during my recent trip to Monterey for the Great Wine Escape Weekend, I sipped a dry rose that would be delish anytime of the year. There are only two words to describe the Hahn Estates 2005 Central Coast Vent de Lucia Dry Rose: "spicy strawberries." There are gobs of them, both on the nose and on the palate. The wine is made in the saignee style, and it's very similar to a Bandol. The grape breakdown is Syrah/Mourvedre/Pinot Noir, in almost equal amounts, and the color is a bit more intense than some other roses out there.

Try it with some seared duck breast or roasted pork tenderloin this season. But get your hands on it while it lasts--it's almost gone.

(Thanks so much to Hahn winemaker Adam Lazarre, and Hospitality Coordinator Angie Newton for sending me a few bottles by which to remember my trip. Salute! :-) )