Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Mas de Cadenet Rosé

Mas de Cadenet Sainte-Victoire Rosé 2012
Provence, France

I love rosé. Love. The second the temperature gets above seventy degrees, it's all I want! Please don't confuse rosé wines with blush wines, though. Rosé wines, particularly those from Provence, tend to be bone dry, with beautiful long lasting fruit flavors. I once had a wine school instructor refer to rosé  as the Gatorade of Southern France. Oh so refreshing. Blush wines are... not. Think White Zinfandel -- sweet, one note, kind of icky.

Review: This rosé is positively amazing. It's deliciously dry and refreshing, with intense flavors of strawberries, raspberries, and lavender. The fruit lingers on your palate, providing a long finish.

This wine is a blend of three grapes: Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah. The pink color comes from the "saignée" method. When the grapes are pressed, the early juice that has experienced only a short period of skin contact (the skin is where all of the color is) is drawn off, or "bled", and vinified separately. The result is this pretty pink and salmon colored wine with very little tannin.

Food Pairing: This wine would go perfectly with a light meal of grilled chicken or fish. Or, just kick back with a glass on your porch after a long day and watch the sun go down. 

Bottom Line: I really enjoyed this wine -- dry, fruity, refreshing. I dig it.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2012
  • PLACE: Appellation Cotes de Provence Sainte Victoire
  • GRAPES: 40% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 20% Syrah
  • BOOZE: 13%
  • CELLAR: Drink Now

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? Mid Priced

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