Contra Costa County, CA; 13% ABV
$5 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 29 Dec
Since I started writing here, I’ve learned to enjoy a number of the bone-dry southern French rosé wines (from the Rhône and Provence, often made with Mourvèdre and other grapes) that have shown up at the GO. (For examples, see here, here 2010 vintage, and here.) Since this wine was from a producer whose wines I’ve enjoyed over many years, and since they made it from Mourvèdre, I was hoping for something similar with this beautiful light coppery pink wine.
For better or for worse, though, this wine is off-dry (lightly sweet). Also unlike those French rosés, this wine needed no airing time, immediately showing flavors of orange roses and some white flowers, red cherry, and orange, finishing with mild grape skin bitterness. Those full flavors are actually pretty well balanced and somewhat delicate overall, and this wine would probably have matched my taste had it been completely dry. However, you may prefer a little sweetness or you may want to pair it with moderately spicy food, so… Thumbs Up.