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A Wine To Try: 2012 La Fenêtre A Côte Rose Santa Barbara County

A WINE TO TRY

2012 La Fenêtre A Côte Rose Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County

$12 to $15

Elegant and crisp

Goes with: Grilled salmon, salads, light pastas, tacos

Except for the color, a deep rose, the 2012 A Côte Rose is reminiscent of a Bandol rosé. Perfumed with strawberries and rose petals, this year it’s 100 percent Pinot Noir (previous bottlings have been a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot) and one of the best rosés I’ve tasted out of California. It has a wonderful delicacy, crisp acidity and long smooth finish. A Côte — “next door” — is the second label of La Fenêtre Wines, founded in 2005 by sommelier Joshua Clapper. For this wine, he sources the grapes from vineyards in Santa Barbara County. And at $15 or less, it’s well priced for summer drinking. Keep a bottle on hand in the fridge. Drink it as an aperitif with bowls of olives and toasted almonds, or with little toasts spread with olive tapenade. It’s also a great match with grilled salmon, salade Niçoise, stuffed zucchini blossoms or shredded chicken tacos. Anything light and savory.

— S. IRENE VIRBILA, Los Angeles Times

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