This is our continued work with Grenache and Syrah in the pink form. Percentages may vary, being 30-40% Grenache but style and roles of varieties remain consistent. This vintage was 36% Grenache. The trick is to find the proper proportions of the two varieties and the magic is that neither one dominates. The Grenache brings high-toned perfumes and laser-beam acidity that complement the Syrah’s plummy broader expression. I am not looking for something that is super floral or fruity. Rather, I am looking for something that is just understated enough to keep out of the way of whatever you have decided to eat with it. Like a duet singing in harmony, the main melody line should be dominant.
As usual, bitter, salty foods, the pink seafoods, tomato/garlic based preparations are the melody that this rosé best harmonizes with in its youth. Maybe due to the drier year, this vintage is slightly more assertive and concentrated than the past couple of years. But it is still ‘in the pocket.’