Our Wine Of The Week is 2015 Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé. This is a moderately-priced (about $20) blush from the Côtes de Provence AOC (AVA) on the Mediterranean coast of southern France. August heat still simmers across most of America, making this refreshing Rosé a great addition to your wine fridge.
While most American blush wines are produced primarily from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, wines from the Côtes de Provence are made from grapes that do well in the steady climate, sandy hills and constant sea breezes near the Mediterranean. Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Rolle are the primary ingredients of Miraval Rosé. They provide a soft pink color and refreshing layers of flowers and fresh fruits. Acidity is well-balanced with the fruit and soft tannins producing a hint of pepper and grapefruit. Wine Enthusiast score: 91. My score: Really good. Note: Miraval has released a 2016 vintage that is also very good, but buy the 2015 until you can no longer find it.
2015 Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé is an afford is produced by Miraval owners Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in partnership with the Perrin family of Chateau Beaucastel in Chateauneuf-du-Pape.