Saturday, May 26, 2012

Almost Rose'

Very interesting wine over the last two evenings that left me with mixed feelings.  The wine was a 2011 Domaine de Fondreche, L'Instant Rose' from the Ventoux region of Provence.

Quite pale, even for a rose', in the glass but there were pleasant aromas of crushed strawberries and tart red cherries complimented by a sense of spiciness in the nose.  It was a nose that made me excited  about the wine.

Sadly, the flavor was very much like the color, there wasn't much of it.  One could pick up a hint of the same fruits that were in the nose, but they were very faint and light.  The acid was good and the finish was tart, but it was short and then gone.

This was a wine for people who don't like wine.  I kept thinking that I wished they had left the skins in contact for just a couple of hours so the wine picked up more flavor and color.  They didn't and I won't be buying another.

The wine is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault. 

12% alcohol and $14.

Lots of wine notes coming since today is the annual Lobster Festival. The attendees are all bringing white Burgundies from 2005 through 2009.  Should be some good and interesting wines.

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