This impulse purchase at Whole Foods turned out to be one of my favorite rosé wines so far this year. Its birthplace is Armas_de_Guerra_RosadoBeirzo, a region in extreme northwest Spain that only came to the attention of American importers and wine consumers about 10 years ago. The chief red grape there is mencia, and you can add that to the list of obscure grapes you’ve tried. The Armas de Guerra Rosado 2016, Bierzo, was produced by the region’s oldest winery, founded in 1879 by Don Antonio Guerra and still operated by his descendants. All the estate vineyards are organic and dry-farmed, that is, with no irrigation. This wine was made from vines planted in 1963; the vineyard lies at 1,722 feet elevation. The color is the palest pink of the inside of a tiny seashell; ethereal aromas of strawberries and raspberries are woven with notes of orange rind and ginger, with a delicate background of sea salt and limestone. So, yes, this is a Platonically pretty
rosé, yet on the palate one feels the tautness of crisp acidity and the raciness of a lithe texture, qualities that make the wine thirst-quenching and eminently drinkable. Flavors of fresh red berries — a touch of currants — hint at cranberry and grapefruit, while the fleet finish wraps the experience in slightly bracing sea-shore minerality. 12.5 percent alcohol. Summertime perfection. Excellent. About $13, on sale for $10.

Ole Imports, New Rochelle, N.Y.