Here in South Carolina, we are already into summerlike weather. That means that it is time for summertime favorite Rose' wine. When you think of serious Rose', (not the sweet watered down cheap stuff) you have to go first to the Cotes de Provence region of south France. In fact, between the summer of 2015 and summer 2016, sales of Provence Rose's grew by 55%.
Costco recently came out with the Kirkland Signature Cotes de Provence Rose 2016. The grapes for this wine come from coastal vines of the St Tropez Peninsula on the Mediterranean Sea in the South of France. The wine is made from Granache 30%, Cinsault 20%, Mouvedre 20%, Tibouren 10%, Rolle 10%, Syrah 5% and Cabernet Sauvignon 5%. Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon are not traditional grapes for a Provence Rose' but winemakers have begun adding them to bring more depth and structure to the wine.
The wine is light salmon in color and exudes a delicious aroma of tropical fruit and floral gardens. Flavors of strawberry and citrus lead to a dry finish. This delightful wine can best be enjoyed with a summer salad or grilled seafood. I think this is one of the most enjoyable summer wines in the under $15 category and Costco is selling it for $8.99.
SC Wine Joe rating = 90 points