Chateau Montaud – 2009 Cotes de Provence Rose

When the October air brings its chill, most of us turn our thoughts away from crisp, summer white wines, and turn our thoughts to the deep, spicy reds that will warm us through the winter months.  That is, until that last twinge of summer graces us with a final show, warming the air for just a while, and letting us enjoy one delicious summer memory before it lets go.   Tonight’s dry rose was meant for the Indian summer, with its shimmery salmon pink hue and delicate aromas of red berries – strawberry in particular – and the lightest hint of cream.  The flavors matched the aromas perfectly, with subtle fruit on the tongue, and a long, soft finish that was creamy and slightly floral.  This wine paired perfectly with the Cypress Grove Truffle Tremor cheese we served, together with a crusty baguette and kalamata olives, and worked just as well with the herb roasted chicken and root vegetables that followed.  A wonderful way to bid adieu to summer, and welcome the crispness of fall.