Côtes de Provence AOC, France; 13.5% ABV
composition of the 2014 was listed as: Cinsault 42%, Grenache 38%, Syrah 9%, Ugni-blanc 4%, Mourvèdre 3%, Sémillon 2%, Cabernet Sauvignon 1%, Rolle 1%
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 5 August. Lots at Berkeley.
When this wine arrived, I was struck by the beauty of the presentation, hence the whole-bottle photo. However, on the first day, I had only a couple small pours of this wine, when it struck me as having fairly intense and quite tasty fruit of tangerine and pink grapefruit, but slightly too tart for me to find it pleasant.
However, the next day, the rest needed only a little more air in the glass to smooth out and become more complex and integrated. In addition to the citrus flavors, the wine showed some orange roses and some ripe, yellow fruit, presumably from the white grapes. While I enjoyed the smooth and flavorful taste, I found the richer yellow fruit a bit out of place in a southern French rosé. In contrast to the Midsummer Cellars Rosé, where the Viognier blended in very nicely, I thought the yellow fruit made this wine less delicate, although I can see how some folks would prefer the way it is. Also, the initial acid level, which slightly returned now and then, made me think that it’s near the end of its life. If you get some, you may want to put it in a covered decanter in the fridge for a few hours before serving, soon.