Saturday, August 16, 2014

Margerum Riviera Rosé
Margerum Riviera Rosé 2013
San Louis Obispo, California

Earlier this year I was out in Santa Barbara and had the privilege of visiting Margerum's tasting room. I fell in love with a few wines, but none so much as the Riviera Rosé.
Review: This rosé is the softest onion-skin pink color. It has fragrant aromas of juicy watermelon, purple flowers, and wet stone. On the palate it is softly sweet and chalk full of fruit -- more melon, fresh strawberries, and red currants.

The Rivera is mostly Grenache, but also contains a bit of Counoise and Cinsault. To give texture, a touch of barrel aged Grenache is added in, too.

This is what I wish all sweet rosés were like. The balance achieved between the acidity and sugar is beautiful. The flavors are just so bright and fresh. It's simply gorgeous.

Food Pairing: A porch sipper if I ever had one. No food required. But if you wanted some, how about a nice spicy chili?

Bottom Line: Oh so tasty. Sweet but lively, fresh and fruity.

Wine Geekery:

Where did I get it? Margerum's tasting room in Santa Barbara
What's the damage? Mid Priced

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