Amid the dozens of delightful rosés imported from the south of France, Spain, and Italy, there is a growing number of equally good, if not better, rosés from the US. I have enjoyed watching the domestic options become more prominent and interesting over the past couple of years and am always excited to find one that I hadn’t come across before. That’s the case with the Margerum Wine Company of Santa Barbara County, which specializes in Sauvignon Blanc, a Rhone blend, and Syrah. Made from Grenache grapes grown in Southern San Luis Obispo County, the Riviera Rosé was fresh and fruity. It had the pretty color of watermelon as one gets closer to the rind. The nose and palate were dominated by fresh summer fruits like strawberry and watermelon, along with cranberry and dried herbs. There was a hint of sweetness that played well with the medium plus acidity. It was a bit spritzy right after first being opened, but calmed down after a while. Very good.
At D&L Liquors for $17.99.