Wine of the Week

Domaine de la Mordorée Tavel Rosé La Dame Rousse  2016

With Summer fast approaching and the recent string of warmer weather we have been having, now is a good time to "Think Pink."  

About this time every year, the producers of rosé start to roll out their wines and just as each previous year, the demand for rosé wines keeps getting bigger and bigger.  Not hard to understand when you realize just how good some of the selections are year after year.  Combine that with the knowledge that rosés are a great all around style of wine.  They can be consumed by themselves on a sunny afternoon or poured alongside a light and delicious main dish.

They range from the softer and lighter side, predominately from Provence, France, to a heartier style from the Rhone Valley, specifically from an area that makes only rosés, Tavel.  Travel almost anywhere in the wine world and you'll find rosés.  Italy, Spain, Australia and of course, the U.S.A.  They're made from all different varietals; Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache and Cabernet to name only a few.  Getting their pinkish hue from one of three main methods, their colors and flavors cover the spectrum.  Dry, Semi-Sweet all the way to Sweet wines can be made to fit your unique palate.

Every year, for some time now, I have been drinking the Mordorée Rosé Tavel La Dame Rousse.  Made with a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvedre, Clairette and Bourboulenc from 40 year old vines, the wine brings aromas, and on the palate, strawberries and cherries.  Delicate floral notes also persist.  Finishing on a slightly drier note but with bright acidity.  While not usually done, this is a wine that can age for 5 years should you be able to let it lay that long before it calls to you to drink sooner.

This wine tends to be on the slightly higher end for rosés, coming in at right around $25 or so.  Don't let that stop you.  Pick up a bottle and see how it compares to others.  I think you'll really enjoy this wine.