2009 Commanderie de la Bargemone Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Rosé ($16.75):
We’ve had such a cool summer that it feels like the end of August has come too soon. If only we could all extend the season by jetting off to Provence for September, to enjoy just a few more weeks of sidewalk bistros, outdoor marketplaces, blooming lavender fields and lazy beaches. Short of that miracle, we can simply indulge in a glass of Provençal rosé like this one, sourced from an estate established by the Knights Templar in the 13th century.
The pale-coral color of a scallop shell, it has a delicate minerally nose with undercurrents of peach blossoms and wild strawberries. The palate is crisp, with an enlivening seafoam texture. A refreshing finish of herbal bitters stirs the appetite and brightens the mood. At just 12.5 percent alcohol by volume, this blend of grenache, cinsault, syrah, carignan and cabernet sauvignon is something you’ll want to keep drinking throughout September. Carried in select local wine shops and groceries; or ask your wine merchant to order it through Bacchus Fine Wines. — Katherine Cole
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