Superb. For a light bodied rose, this one has flavor and complexity to spare. Watermelon color, fresh-cut strawberry aroma and taste, with honeydew melon and tropical fruit hints underlying the strawberry. Extremely pleasing. Aged nicely for a rose. No bitterness, but nicely tart and fresh.
Excellent Rose, maybe one of the best we've tasted in a long time. Nose is of real cut strawberry (not artificial strawberry) with a slight pleasant earthiness. Surprising complexity for a rose, with good balance of acidity. Medium weight and medium finish. Some melon and raspberry along with the strawberry on the palate. We went back and bought more.
I have long advocated that rosés should be consumed young, within the year they were made. Yet of late I have had a few that from tasting have gained complexity with age. In addition, I have tasted a few more that have been — gasp! — too young!
A lot of this has to do with our modern winemaking techniques. In decades past when early oxidation was a problem, rosés needed to be enjoyed young before the life went out of them. Today the wines are so well made — some would argue in certain cases TOO well made — that they lack completeness, flavor and complexity in their youth. They are mere buds instead of full-formed flowers.
In tasting this wine at nearly 3 years of age, perhaps having sat on store shelves for who-knows-how-long, it comes off just fine: not intense but thoroughly enjoyable with a watermelon color and a "just right" balance of acidity and sweetness.
At one time rosés were the top selling wine in the U.S. Labels like Gallo Pink Chablis, Almaden Grenache Rosé, the Portugese Lancers and Mateus, Robert Mondavi Gamay Rosé, and later Sutter Home White Zinfandel dominated sales. Today pink wines seem to have a bad name, which make their better examples great buys for those of us who appreciate the delicacy and nuance of their genre.
The Domaine de Nizas Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé will never be a household brand, but for those looking for unique, estate bottled, small production wines, it is a unique gem at a reasonable price for a hot summer day, a winter palate freshener, or a titillating taste treat (UGH, forget the alliteration!) any time of the year.
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