2011 Domaine de Reuilly Pinot Gris Rosé

2011 Domaine de Reuilly Pinot Gris Rosé (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times / June 6, 2012)

The 2011 Domaine de Reuilly Pinot Gris Rosé is an elegant summer-weight wine.

Hooray for summer and rosé and this bargain Reuilly Pinot Gris from the eastern Loire Valley. This rosé made entirely from Pinot Gris is quite unique year after year, but in 2011 estate owner Denis Jamain made a particularly good example. The color of pale onion skin, it's aromatic but not overblown, crisp and minerally.

It's an elegant summer-weight wine that I can't wait to open as an apéritif with a bowl of olives and toasted almonds, with an omelet aux fines herbes or mussels steamed in a splash of the wine with shallots and lots of black pepper.

Region: Loire Valley

Price: About $19

Style: Crisp and minerally

What it goes with: crudités, steamed mussels, omelets and salads

Where to find it: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463, http://www.hitimewine.net; Mission Wines in South Pasadena, (626) 403-9463, http://www.missionwines.com; Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562) 597-8303, http://www.thewinecountry.com; and Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454 and (800) 76WINEX, http://www.winex.com.