As hard as it may be to imagine in the rest of the world, the days here in Southern California are starting to have that rosé feel to them and a bunch of experiments–and usual suspects–are going to start popping up on this blog. They will generally not be the star-wine of the evening and I am not going to get bogged down in a lot of detailed reviewing. The vast majority of these will be sub-10$ bottles from Provence, with a fair smattering of locals or other France Sud regions. There will be a heavy nod toward Grenache-based offerings, and naturally, color will play the largest part in their selection. There will be no dark ruby pink wines. There will be no rosés of Pinot or Cab. There will be no white Zin but also no 40$ bottles. The rosé I drink is light, fun, affordable and unpretentious and I am going to throw them on here with barely more than a thumbs up/thumbs down indication.
2014 CHATEAU DE BRIGUE Côtes de Provence MV/GR/CI 12.5% ♦♦
Super-light onion-skin. Bright floral and earth and unmistakably Provence. A bit thin in the mouth, showing mostly sharp minerality. Would definitely buy again.