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2009 Ken Forrester Petit Rose 

Stellenbosch, South Africa / $10 Retail

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Full-flavored rosés from the south of France have been hot in a cool sense for quite some time. Spain, Italy and other Old and New World countries also produce top-notch, bone-dry rosés. This bargain bottling from South Africa's noted Stellenbosch district in the Western Cape is a rousing rendition. Made from 51 percent Cabernet Franc and 49 percent Merlot, it exhibits bright bouquets of rose petals and red berries, with fresh strawberry, cherry and watermelon flavors and a touch of spice. It's crisp and refreshing with a nice acid balance on the lingering finish. Rosés are meant to be enjoyed young, so drink it now as an aperitif or paired with tuna, cassoulet, roast chicken, soups, salads, pastas and cheeses and charcuterie plates. Buy it at: Cork & Bottle and The Wine Seller. Drink it at: Boucherie. — Brenda Maitland

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