With a curvy bottle and a delicate, pale-salmon tinted color, this is not a naive rosé: it is French, after all. The aromas are hearty stone fruit with a hint of tangerine. Stone fruit continues onto the palate which is balanced by light acidity and minerality. A biggish mouthfeel continuing into the finish, with a nice, slightly bitter and appealing fruit-peel quality. But the flavors are gentle, so sip as an aperitif wine or pair with simple grilled chicken on a summer afternoon. (Yes, you can have it for lunch.) Recommended — BSE

WHO: La Villa Barton

WHAT: 45% grenache, 30% syrah, 25% cinsault

WHERE:  Côtes de Provence DOC, France

HOW MUCH: around $15 (media sample)

About The Author

Becky Sue Epstein
International Editor

Becky Sue Epstein is Palate Press’s International Editor. An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, her work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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