Variety: 50% Grenache; 30% Syrah; 20% Cinsault
Region: Cotes-du-Rhone, France
Cost: $14 (SRP)
Winemaker’s Notes: The intense, bright rose’ opens with aromas of raspberries and red currants. Fresh and lively in its attack on the palate, it displays roundness with flavors of raspberry, aromas of cherry blossoms, white floral notes, and finishes with a dose of minerality. It is refreshing and crisp and the perfect drink for a warm summer day!
My Review: I don’t know what your weather has been like lately, but here in Raleigh, NC we’ve been going between pollen that’s so thick you practically have to shovel it, and rain that’s making being outside like breathing through a damp rag. Not exactly a lot of fun to be out in, so better to sit inside and enjoy wine, and a crisp, refreshing rose’ is the perfect wine for days like we’ve been having.
In the glass the 2018 Ferraton Pere & Fils Cotes-du-Rhone Samorens Rose’ was a salmon pink color, with hints of orange throughout. On the nose I picked up lots of rose and raspberry notes, with just a touch of white pepper. In the mouth I got flavors of strawberry, rose, white flowers, and a touch of dried herbs, all leading into a nice bite of white pepper at the finish.
I opened this after running errands all day (and sweating my ass off doing so), and it was perfectly refreshing, especially with the pulled pork nachos we made using leftover pork I had smoked the weekend before; the smokiness of the pork was well balanced by the crisp notes of the wine.
I drink rose’ throughout the year, but especially as we’re moving into summer, and this is definitely one that I’d reach to again – easy to sip, easy to pair with BBQ and grilled foods, and a great value for the price.
Editor’s Note: I received this wine as a free sample for review.