As you might have guessed, the 2018 Pibarnon Rosé is vibrating with energy at the moment, showing off a classic salmon-pink hue with light rose colored highlights. The aromas are the next-best thing to actually being in Provence, with notes of wild strawberry, tangerine pith, cranberry, hibiscus tea, lilac and lavender, dried herbs, and a touch of spice. The palate impression is full and deep, but without any of the extra residual sugar that sinks a lot of southern Rhône/Languedoc/Provençal rosés (and let’s not even talk about ‘white zin,’ from which this wine is as far as one can get). There’s real power and, just as important, great focus and lift to this rosé. I’m not going to forbid poolside sipping, but at least get some good prosciutto, jamón, or American country ham to enjoy with it, ideally wrapped around some summer-ripe cantaloupe. And save some for your Thanksgiving dinner, as I always do (it really sings with those flavors). If you are looking for something fresh to prepare this summer, this Provençal Salmon dish is the ticket; with a complex rosé like this, life doesn’t get much better on a Sunday afternoon. Enjoy it!