Sunday, July 6, 2014

Provence Meets Alaska

There are still so many rose's and so little time to get through all of them by the end of the summer, but I'm trying.  This time it was the 2013 Aime' Roquesante Cotes de Provence Cuvee Reservee.  The color was a pale salmon pink, best represented by the coloration off to the side of the bottle in the picture above.  The aromas were dry and earthy while the initial flavors were white peaches with a bit of strawberry.  Crisp and tart and a beautiful wine for a beautiful day.

Alaska was present in the form of Coho salmon that was fresh out of the stream and just off the airplane.  It was portioned, painted with a Pacific northwest barbecue sauce and grilled with some smoke from Alder.  The rich and fatty flavors from the salmon were a great counterpoint to the crisp and sharp flavor of the wine.  They played off each other very nicely.

A second wine for the evening was a 2008 Saintsbury Pinot Noir from the Carneros region of Napa Valley.  The wine had good fruit flavors but tasted a bit over the hill.  It opened up somewhat with some swirling and was acceptable, but this was a wine past its prime. 

2013 Aime' Roquesante Cotes de Provence Cuvee Reservee.  13% alcohol and $12.

2008 Saintsbury Pinot Noir Carneros.  13.6% alcohol and $18 on closeout.

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