Monday, August 19, 2013

Summer Rosé Continued

My summer of Rosé continued after my deadline for my Galveston Monthly feature on Rosé wine had passed. I wanted to recommend a few more refreshing Rosés for you to try as our hot summer wears on.

2012 Tavel "Les Eglantiers" - Tavel is an appellation in France's Southern Rhone Valley that produces Rosé exclusively. This is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. It has pronounced aromas of red cherry and citrus blossom with a tart berry and bit of peach flavor. Dry, medium+ body, medium acidity with a plush feel and a long mineral laced finish. An elegant Rosé at approximately $15 at Spec's.

2011 and 2012 La Vieille Ferme from the Ventoux appellation in France's Rhone Valley is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. I always try to buy the freshest vintage available but I couldn't resist opening these up together to see how they compared. Very similar across the board with the 2012 seemingly "brighter" over all. Floral aromas, fresh cherry flavor. Dry, medium+ body and acidity with a medium length fruity finish. Simple, food friendly and affordable. Approximately $7-8 at Spec's and Whole Foods.

2012 J.L. Quinson Cotes de Provence Light aromas and flavors of red cherry and orange zest. Dry, medium body and acidity with a medium length fruity finish. Also, simple, food friendly and affordable. I can't find a receipt on this one but I think that it was from Trader Joe's and it was under $8.
 

2012 Bieler Pere et Fils Coteaux d' Aix en Provence is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas and flavors of fresh ripe raspberry and melon. Dry, medium+ body, crisp medium+ acidity with a long fruity finish.  $12.99 at Whole Foods  

2012 Chateau Du Donjon from the Minervois appellation in Southern France's Languedoc region is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. Pronounced aromas and flavors of sweet ripe cherry and lime. Dry, medium body, mouthwatering medium+ acidity, long juicy finish. Approximately $14 at Spec's