Montes has become one of the top Chilean wineries to watch, with highly touted serious reds - big in flavor and price - like Folly syrah and M, a cabernet blend. With this wonderful rose called Cherub, however, Montes takes a lighter, more whimsical approach. A brilliant pink crush of syrah grapes, it has a playful balance of tartness and fruit - strawberries and citrus zest - that is vivid without a trace of sweetness. It's a quenchingly perfect picnic wine at a nice price, with a tipsy-angel label from artist Ralph Steadman that will also make you smile.
Montes Cherub syrah rose is available for $11.99 at Circle Liquors in Somers Point, 609-927-2921. Available for $15.59 in Pennsylvania by special order only, but the local distributor allows for individual bottle orders (as opposed to case-only.)