The story of this wine begins with the bottle – as its unique square shape represents the two square towers of the estate. The Estate Rosé is selected from the very best vines of the property and from grapes that exhibit not only aromatic freshness but also the structure for potential longer aging. The blend is 70% Grenache, 14% Carignan, 8% Syrah, and 8% Cinsault. The grapes are cold-soak macerated for 4-6 hours, extracting just enough color and tannins for a classic Provencal style. The wine is fermented in oak for one month, then three months of aging in older French oak barrels. Oak aging balances the acidity and adds roundness and texture to the structure, and also increases the potential for aging and complexity over time. Further, with an additional year in bottle, those flavors have only intensified to make this a true red wine drinker’s rosé.
The wine is incredibly well balanced between berries and red currant flavors and a deep complexity that shows roundness and a stony texture. The 1-2 punch of winter citrus acidity and body of a light red wine give your palate a wonderful workout. The flavors of Thai basil, Asian spices, and watermelon hang on the palate giving a very long finish. This is a perfect pairing for summer BBQs and also can match any Thanksgiving or holiday smorgasbord.
91 Points, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast – “This wine is extra spicy both from the Grenache and the partial wood aging for a few months. It is textured, with a mineral edge that adds to the complexity. Drink from late 2019.”