Thursday, August 25, 2011

In Search of Rosé - Donmaine Pelaquie Tavel

The Tavel region of the Rhone Valley only produces rosé wines made mostly from Grenache and Cinsaut. The region is considered one of the finest producing region of dry rosés in France and I was excited to try it.

The 2010 Domaine Pélaquié Tavel is made from Cinsault and Grenach Noir grapes and has 14% alcohol.  It had a beautiful strawberry color.

After the first pour the wine had a very yeasty, bready aroma.  After a few a few swirls in the glass the yeasty, bready aroma was gone and nose of flinty strawberry, cherry and raspberry appeared.  The wine was fresh, slightly acidic with flavors of strawberry, wet stone and a tart lime finish. 

When you think about wine and the grapes, one might not realize the many factors that contribute to taste.  This wine had aroma that were flinty as well as wet stone on the taste and lime on the finish.  That is attributed to the the grapes being grown on limestone banks.  You see how the flavor of the soil effects the taste of the wine. 

This wine was nice and fresh.  I give it a WO on the WOW meter.

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