However, we felt a little bad that he really wanted to wear his dress at a fancy dinner. So, the next night we brought the restaurant experience home. I printed up a menu with a variety of choices for Ben to choose. I acted as the waiter and took his order (I was also the chef and made a pretty tasty butternut squash and pumpkin sausage risotto). Dinner was served over three separate courses. And, best of all, Ben got to wear his fancy dress (and some impressive Frozen slippers). Mom and Dad shared a bottle of Arnot-Roberts Rosé.
Arnot-Roberts 2012 Luchsinger Vineyard Rosé, Clear Lake AVA
Rosé is often considered a wine that shouldn't, or can't, be aged. Typically, pink wines are released and consumed just a few months after harvest, hence the Spring wine cliché. I suppose many rosés won't necessarily improve with age, but some might hang on or even transform after a few years in the bottle. The 2014 version is about to be released, but this 2012 is still in the prime of its life. This blend of 80% touriga nacional and 20% tinta cão still tastes fresh. It is the color of a brand new penny. The fruit flavors are preserved with some good strawberry and watermelon characteristics. There is also a lovely savory quality in the form of basil and thyme. Best of all, and why it will still be good for a few more years, it offers satisfying acidity that makes the wine go down all too fast. 12.5% abv. Purchased $22. Very Good/Excellent