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Even as Winter looms, I persist in drinking rosés. It helps me believe that sometime in the not-too-distant future, I will be able to sit on the porch again and sip a soothing libation surrounded by green leaves…

This is Crios Rosé of Malbec (2012), from the Mendoza region in Argentina.

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First of all, the candy pink color is very striking in the glass. Actually, it reminded me of a Jolly Rancher. The nose gives you an impression of red, ripe cherry-like fruit, and the taste is very dry and tart. Like rhubarb pie with very little sugar. The alcohol content in this bottle is 13.8%, surprisingly high for a rosé and noticeable in the taste. This wine has the structure and acidity to stand up to strong-flavored foods.