Les Dauphins Reserve Cotes-du-Rhone, Rosé 2013

The Data

Country   France

Appellation   Cotes-du-Rhone, Rosé

Varietal   Rosé Blend

Retail Price   $12.99

ABV   12.5%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant salmon with hints of orange on the edges.

Aromatics

The nose is fresh and vibrant with the scents of strawberry, cranberry, and semi-tart raspberry with accents of mineral and thyme.

Flavor

The palate confirms the nose delivering a dry berry-driven core with hints of orange rind and red grapefruit with a soft, trailing minerality

Intensity & Texture

Crisp and vibrant with a generous dose of fresh acidity.

Cool Factor

A

As always, I love a fresh and vibrant rosé with balance and a simple appeal.

Value Grade

A

Tasty and pleasing rosé at under $15 is always in my value column.

Analysis

The wines from Les Dauphins have taken Europe by storm. The perfect combination of style, hedonistic pleasure and value have made the brand an overnight success. Now these wines have arrived in the US. Their Côtes du Rhône Rosé is made with a classic blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 10% Cinsault.

How to Enjoy

This wine needs nothing but a glass being a great aperitif but it's fantastic with grilled chicken and vegetables.

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