Bodega Colomé Torrontés 2019
Salta, Argentina, $13
Bodega Colomé is known for wines made from grapes grown at some of the highest-altitude vineyards in the world. Native to Argentina, torrontés is an especially aromatic grape, with some of the best expressions being produced from grapes grown in the soaring vineyards of Salta. These wines are typically dry with bold floral and citrus-fruit aromas and flavors.
Produced from 100 percent torrontés grown between 1,700 and 2,300 meters above sea level, this wine shimmers pale yellow-gold in the glass. Fresh rose petals and jasmine wrap around a core of citrus peel, dominated by Meyer lemon. There is a spicy note evocative of nutmeg geraniums. Pleasantly round with noteworthy weight, this unoaked wine will usher in summer and carry you through autumn.
Pair it with: sweet and sour chicken, turkey Swedish meatballs, or a summer cheese and charcuterie board.
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Turckheim 2018
Alsace, France, $30
Known for its exceptional aromatics, gewurztraminer is a white grape whose name literally translates to “perfumed.” One would be hard pressed to find a headier bouquet on a white wine. Zind-Humbrecht is dedicated to using a biodynamic approach for crafting their wines, allowing for the truest expression of terroir.
This pure gewurztraminer wine is brilliant canary yellow. The nose effuses bold aromas redolent of dried rose petals and rose oil, with lychee fruit undertones. A tangy note of dried, crystallized ginger flirts playfully in the background. Rose dominates the palate, as well, becoming more suggestive of potpourri. The mouthfeel is lush. A decidedly dry expression of this grape, the wine finishes with a hint of pink grapefruit and a subtle salinity. This is more than simply stopping to smell the roses. This is basking in them.
Pair it with: cod with curried cream sauce, pho soup with chicken dumplings, or Thai basil tofu.
Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga 2017
Piedmont, Italy, $65
Although whites are the wines that usually come to mind when one thinks of flowery notes, several reds are more than happy to share their softer, floral side. Nebbiolo, the grape that gives us bold Barolos and elegant Barbarescos, is known for its enticing floral aromatics. Marchesi di Gresy created this beautiful Barbaresco from nebbiolo grown in their exceptional Martinenga vineyard.
The wine appears translucent garnet with a meniscus approaching orange. Delicate floral scents of rose and violet emerge, before mingling with red berry notes. The palate offers cherry syrup and birch tar. There is a soft note of tea-dyed leather on the finish, where refined tannins and crisp acidity provide both structure and balance. This wine has both vigor and elegance, perfectly reflecting the strength and grace of a rose.
Pair it with: braised beef in red wine, truffle-topped egg noodles, or baked Ōra King salmon.