Wine to Go Buy This Week: 2015 Triennes Rosé – 90 POINTS

Ah, rosé. For many people it seems at best to be a wanna-be red wine with training wheels; at worst it’s a sugar and strawberry one trick pony pink wine. But great rosé can be one of those go-to wines that accompany a delirious number of foods. But - just try finding a good one, right? Well, the Triennes Rosé enters this conversation and, voilà, you find yourself nearly speechless. Composed of 60% Cinsault along with Grenache, Syrah and Merlot, all harvested at night to retain better flavors, the Triennes, located in Aix-en-Provence, near Marseille is what rosé is really all about – poise, confidence, flavor and diversity. These hillside vines with southern exposure are grown in clay and limestone soils and result in an initial burst of distinct summery strawberry-lime notes with driving acidity and minerality along with muted flavors of kiwi lime, lingonberry, golden delicious apple, kefir and lemon curd. This is a true standout in the world of rosé and at a cost that makes this wine even more impressive.  It’s perfect for summer, yes, however this is a terrific everyday wine and ideal for the holiday months.

Origin: Provence, France
Average Price:  $17/ 750ML
Alcohol: 13%
Pair With: Spinach salads, sauced dishes and pasta, grilled fish, lamb.

For more than 25 years, The California Wine Club founders Bruce and Pam Boring have explored all corners of California’s wine country to find award-winning, handcrafted wine to share with the world. Each month, the club features a different small family winery and hand selects two of their best wines for members.