Today we’re thinking of Provence, pretending we’re sitting at a shady table on a warm afternoon watching the sea and sipping rosé. We’re waiting for lunch to arrive and planning a lazy afternoon. Well, a girl can dream can’t she? The second best thing to being in Provence sipping rosé is sipping a glass of Provençal rosé at home on the patio. Domaine de Cala Rosé will do very nicely. We received this wine as a tasting sample.
Domaine de Cala was established by restauranteur Joachim Splichal in 2015, who has since set about restoring the property. The 600-acre estate is home to 120 acres planted to Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Rolle (Vermentino.) Domaine de Cala wines are entirely estate grown and bottled.
Domaine de Cala lies within the Coteaux Varois en Provence appellation where rosé comprises 90% of wine production. The region is characterized by its mountains and valleys as well as its limestone and calcareous clay soils mixed with gravel and flint. The appellation covers just under 50,000 acres and it limited to 28 communes grouped around Brignoles.
2020 Domaine de Cala Rosé, Coteaux Varois en Provence — pale salmon in the glass with generous aromas of stone fruit, pears and red berries. Flavors follow with ripe pear, stone fruit and strawberries along with citrus zest supported by juicy acidity. Fruit flavors and citrus pith linger on the finish of this delightful dry rosé. 13% abv. SRP $18
This rosé is just what you would expect from Provence: dry, pale in color, generous aromas and flavors. It is easy sipping, flavorful and very refreshing. The blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Rolle (Vermentino) and Syrah plays well together.
Beyond being pretty in the glass, this rose is rewarding to sip and an absolute bargain. Pair it with cheese and charcuterie, veggies and dip, guacamole and chips or a fall salad with pears, mixed greens and dried cranberries. Just because it’s no longer summertime, don’t abandon delicious rosé; it hits the spot regardless of the season.
Thanks to Jarvis Communications for the quick trip to Provence!