Warm and summery here yesterday so it was good rose' weather. The wine of the day was Chateau Guiot from the Costieres de Nimes in southern France. The wine is blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. The color was almost electric red, looking almost like an old fashioned 'red pop.' The nose was full of super ripe strawberries and a plum or two. It was crisp and sharp and not as full bodied as the color suggested. The strawberries were there in the taste, but so were pomegranates and it was a nice balance between the two flavors. Good length to the finish.
Dinner was some chicken thighs grilled over applewood for a slight, smoky flavor. There was also a warm, French style potato salad dressed with olive oil, Dijon mustard, a bit of white vinegar and some fresh tarragon. Great combination with the wine.
Chateau Guiot, Costieres de Nimes. 13.5% alcohol and $12.