Mission Codename Tavel-esque
Alas, we the Spies have by now succumbed to the fact that America’s obsession with Rosé is no longer a Top Secret. In fact, for the past decade or so, there has been a distinct season for it as Spring rolls into Summer, the tastiest of pinks catch fire. This has been so for a long time in the south of France, where Rosé is a lifestyle. Provence is the most famous region for this phenomenon, where the idea for this wine was born, but tasting it reminded us more of the Grenache dominant rosés of the top of the line Tavel appellation where the colors are deep and flavors are intense, just like this, but also where the prices are premium, UNLIKE this at $13.99! With the 90+ point accolades to boost, this under the Rosé radar gem is going places at 30% off!
Pale yet vivid, this is what the color a fillet of wild salmon should be (an excellent pairing too by the way!), not the glowing, dyed kind. The perfume is wild raspberries thrown into an imaginary blender with whole Cara Cara oranges (yet another tasty pairing idea?). Glides through the palate with focus as tart cherries, and fresh cut watermelon wedges emerge. Mouthwatering vibrancy and gentle strawberries, mint and a touch of white pepper linger long. The finish is almost endless, just like what the lazy days of summer feel like. With the last bit of energy left in you to spring out of that chaise lounge, put together some jumbo prawn kebabs with slices of pineapple and bell pepper, drizzled with a squeeze of lemon, kick back, and enjoy the sunset.
This Rosé of Grenache Noir hails from Sonoma County’s beautiful Dry Creek Valley, across the Russian River from Alexander Valley, with a generally cooler and wetter climate which makes the growing season longer and more flexible than neighboring appellations. Tasty as can be, is there such a thing as having enough Rosé around to make it through pool parties? Not in our world. Pile up, Operatives, you won’t regret it.
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast - “Fruity, fleshy and fulfilling, this tiny-production wine showcases the variety in a refreshing way, offering bright focused acidity around bold flavors of strawberry, peach, and stone.”
90 Points - Wine Spectator - “Vibrant and elegantly plush, with supple strawberry, raspberry and spice flavors. Drink now.”
What the Winery Says
2017 Dry Creek Valley Grenache Rosé
- Robert Larsen
- 100% Grenache
- Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
- Stainless steel
- Total Acidity:
- 5.17 g/L
- 215 cases