Every summer I go on a dry rosé kick, and every summer I've ignored the $17 bottle of Sofia. Why? I have nothing against Sofia Coppola. I've never seen The Godfather Part III, but I loved her films Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette. This decision mainly had to do with some weird mental block about buying a rosé for more than $12. Plus there's the whole "marketing to women" thing with the Sofia line--have you seen the little pink cans of sparkling wine that come with their own little pink straws?
I want a dry rosé marketed in the following fashion: a magazine ad of a grubby French winemaker, dirt under the nails and an ugly scar on the chin, with a freshly killed pheasant flung over his shoulder and a tumbler of rosé in his hand. Because it's refreshing and perfect for sipping early in the winemaking process to give you an idea about how the grapes are developing. Give it a name like "Boar's Blood" or "Rare Beef".
Ahem. Today I gave in to temptation and decided to formally kick off the rosé season with this wine.
The 2005 Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Rosé is made from 100% Carneros Pinot Noir. Beautiful light cranberry color. Very light and refreshing, just a touch of tartness on the first part of the sip. Berry aromas with matching flavors, closer to raspberry than strawberry, but subtle. I served it with some veal loin chops, fingerling potatoes, and a nice salad. Great combination. I don't eat much veal, but when I do it's good to have a wine that's not too strong to go along with it.