2015 Commanderie de la Bargemone Rosé, $17.99

The arrival of the first 2015 rosé (from the Northern Hemisphere) is a cause for celebration. It’s a way to get a jump start on spring, and a sure sign that the real deal is just around the corner. That the Commanderie is one of my favorite rosé producers from one of my favorite regions (Provence) is just a nice bonus, and this 2015 does not disappoint. The palest of pinks, the color belies the rich fruit flavors on the palate. Opens with fresh spring green aromas with lively clover backing the strawberry and tropical fruit. Oh-so-crisp and refreshing on the palate, you get heady citrus, subtle stone fruit and a long and lively, bone-dry finish. A Wine Shop favor-ite, and a buck cheaper than last year. Stock up while you can—it tends to sell out before the season is over.