Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Domaine des Noulles Rosé d' Anjou

Domaine des Noulles Rosé d' Anjou 2013
Anjou, Loire Valley, France

This is a rosé of Grolleau (95%) with a touch of Cabernet Franc thrown in for good measure. Grolleau is a red grape grown primarily in the Touraine region of the Loire Valley. It is used in red table wine in the region, but not allowed in AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) production -- except for Rosé AOC's where Grolleau's naturally high acidity makes for balanced and bright wines. Deliciousness ensues.

Review: This wine is the softest pinky salmon color. It has aromas of ripe cantaloupe melon and orange blossoms. On the palate it is medium sweet with a light body and mouthwatering acidity. The fruit flavors -- tangerines, white peaches, dried cherries -- all work together for a beautifully full flavored wine.  I love the balance of acidity and sugar here. Bright and slightly sweet with tons of fruit. Yum.

Food Pairing: The high acidity and fruit flavors make this wine a great pair for some charcuterie and melon. But you could also go the spicy route, as the sweetness here will be a great compliment to some heat.

Bottom Line: Fruity, summery, easy. I dig it.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2011
  • PLACE: Rosé d' Anjou AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée)
  • GRAPES: 95% Grolleau, 5% Cabernet Franc 
  • BOOZE: 12%
  • CELLAR: Drink Now

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

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