Full orange-pink color. Inviting scents of strawberry, quince and tree bark. Juicy, tactile, rather bracing wine with noteworthy intensity, a distinctly dusty quality and a hint of sweetness. This lovely fruit bomb of a rosé finishes lively and gripping, with sneaky persistence.
(done entirely in stainless steel): Medium salmon-pink. Perfumed scents of raspberry and watermelon lifted by a floral note. Surprisingly rich yet light on its feet, offering smooth flavors of nectarine and flowers. This wine has more texture than your typical rosé but maintains a lovely light touch. Finishes subtle, broad and long, with excellent grip and no rough edges. Terrific rosé.
I loved the 2016 Rose from this estate, and it’s based on 46% Grenache, 42% Mourvèdre and the rest Cinsault. Medium-bodied, juicy and lively, it offers terrific notes of orange blossom, spice and hints of strawberries. Drink it over the coming summer months; although, due to the high percentage of Mourvèdre, it should keep even through next year.
(13.1% alcohol; mostly from Boushey vineyard): Bright orange-gold. Sexy blood orange, currant and herbal aromas are complicated by a musky yeasty note. Rich, tactile and savory, conveying an impression of texture without weight. An intriguing note of pomegranate provides lift. This pink wine has the palate presence of a red; mouth tasters will score it even higher than I did.
(13.1% alcohol; real rosé): Full orange-copper color. Inviting aromas and flavors of redcurrant, stone fruits, flowers and dried herbs accented by blood orange. Boasts terrific juicy intensity and grip. Not fleshy but shapely and firm, with serious acidity making this a distinctly serious rosé.
(a blend of 49% Grenache, 38% Mourvedre and 13% cinsault): Copper-orange with a pink tinge. Inviting aromas of strawberry and cranberry are accented by pepper and spice notes from the Mourvedre. Wonderfully silky and fine-grained, with lively acidity buffering the wine’s subtle sweetness (reportedly just over two grams per liter). Red berry flavors are complicated by a hint of watermelon, a subtle leesy quality and a light saline character. Very intense rosé with insinuating length. Should make a great outdoor wine for next summer.
(a blend of grenache, mourvedre and cinsault): Aromas and flavors of strawberry and melon. Juicy and energetic, with terrific creamy intensity and tactile character. Sweet red fruit flavors are perfectly supported by underlying structure. This outstanding rose is like a cross between Provence and Tavel.
An outstanding rose, the 2012 Doyenne Rose sports a light-salmon color to go with Provencal styled aromas and flavors of strawberries, cherry blossom and herbs de Provence. Medium-bodied, rounded and supple, with excellent fruit and good texture, it has the freshness to stand on its own, but will be best on the dinner table. Drink it over the coming year.
(63% grenache and 37% mourvedre; this bottling included cinsault in 2010 and 2009): Full orange color. Lively, fruit-driven aromas of raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, watermelon, spices and earth. Quite dry and brisk, with strawberry, blood orange and spice flavors accented by a light leafy nuance and a firm edge of acidity. Finishes firm and dry. A superb, crisp rose.
Composed of Grenache plus 37% Mourvedre (which has dominated earlier, Bandol-inspired installments), all grown at Boushey or Ciel du Cheval, the 2011 Doyenne Rose delivers strawberry and purple plum fruit on a full, glossy, glycerol-rich, infectiously juicy palate, with Darjeeling tea, jasmine, and faint toasted nuttiness adding further interest and allure in an at once soothing and refreshing – not to mention lingering – finish. Enjoy this fine value over the next 9-12 months, though lay-in lots if you expect it to last that long!
(55% grenache, 30% cinsault and 15% mourvedre; a "true" rose, as opposed to a wine made via saignee): Pale orange color. Musky, Bandol-like aromas of red fruits and spices, plus a hint of red pepper. Sweet and supple but juicy, with subtle notes of strawberry and melon rind lifted by a suggestion of blood orange. This really fills the mouth with fruit flavor while remaining light on its feet. Finishes with excellent length and sweetness. This intriguing rose is sold mostly through the winery's tasting room.
(a blend of 51% grenache, 39% mourvedre and 10% cinsaut) Full medium orange. Musky mineral and soft citrus aromas. Silky in texture but with solid underlying structure for rose. Broad, rich and complex; this is almost made like a red wine (I might have picked it as Cote de Provence). Finishes broad and clean, with lovely building length. There are plenty of skin phenolics that will protect this wine against oxidation, notes winemaker Chris Peterson, but the finish is not particularly tannic.
Very Provencal, the dry 2008 DeLille Cellars Doyenne Rosé has cherry, orange rind and mineral driven aromatics, medium body, juicy fruit and zesty acidity. Enjoy this outstanding Rosé over the next year.
(70% mourvedre, 15% grenache and 15% cinsault) Orange-pink color. Musky strawberry on the nose and palate. Supple and ripe, with good body but a light touch. Very attractive rose-and made via a gentle maceration, rather than by the saignee method.