Well if I wasn’t in the mood for Rosé before today, the weather today in the South Bay definitely was an excuse to chill down a couple of new wines that have come into the shop and try them out. Let me tell you, we have some exciting 2012 dry Rosés coming onto our shelves.
The theme for last night’s tasting at my house was Rhone varietal Rosé. The first one up was the 2012 Triennes ($12.99), from France. I’m usually not much of a label guy, but any wine that has leaping wild boar on it, is alright with me.
This Rosé is a blend of Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache, and Merlot. The color on the wine is a pale salmon, which leads me to believe that there was minimal skin contact.
This wine expresses aromas of early spring wild strawberries with a hint of spice. The viscous mid-palate with a punctuated finish was very enjoyable. This wine would be a great accompaniment to any backyard gathering or lighter fare now or throughout the summer.
Moving on to wine number two, was the Charles & Charles 2012 Rosé ($9.99). The Charles & Charles project is a collaboration between Charles Smith and Charles Bieler of Three Thieves, Bieler Père et Fils, and Sombra Mezcal. The Charles & Charles portfolio includes a red blend and Rosé from Columbia Valley vineyards. The labels showcase the intent to provoke thought of the future while honoring the past.
The composition is 81% Syrah, 16% Mourvèdre, 2% Cinsualt, and 1% Grenache. The color is noticeably a darker hue of pink. The aroma on this Rosé is less forward on the bright berry, but makes up for it with a little citrus blossom accent. This wine displays another great viscous midpalate that lingers for a few seconds. The Charles & Charles Rosé would be able stand up to more flavorful dishes having a more robust mouth feel.
Stay tuned; as we are just on the cusp of more exciting Rosés arriving daily.
Chris M., Beltramo’s Wine Consultant