The Wine of the Week by Annette Tomei
2012 Domaine de Triennes, Rosé, Nans les Pins, Var (Provence), France
Many believe rosé to be a summer wine – after all, it does make a wonderful red wine replacement when the heat is rising. Still, true rosé lovers know this is a diverse style of wine that has a place on the table year round – especially around Thanksgiving when the flavors are diverse, calling for something slightly richer than an average white wine and lighter than many of the most popular styles of red wine.
Domaine de Triennes was founded in 1990 by two winemakers, originally from Burgundy, who have transformed a property in a “value region” of Provence into a site producing quality wines with complexity and good value. Their rosé is a blend of some of the region’s most popular grapes – primarily Cinsault with Grenache, Syrah, and Merlot. Unlike many producers of rosé in this region, these red grapes are grown specifically for use in rosé, with viticulture, harvest and handling all reflecting this intention.
Despite aromas of rose petal candies, this wine is completely dry and quite crisp. Flavors of white flowers, pink peppercorns and a touch of cranberry are lively and enticing. This is certainly a wonderful wine for a sunny summer day, but it is also a good choice for the bountiful harvest of the coming crisp autumn days as well.
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