Domaine du Gros Noré 2005 Bandol Rosé ($18.99)
Very pale copper color, light even for a rosé. Pleasant and subtle, delicate scents mingle berries, herbs of Provence and hints of earth, "tree bark" and "forest floor" or "sous bois" if you want to sound like a French wine geek (or would that be "gique"?) Juicy berry fruit and tart acidity on the palate, with that subtle earthiness whispering in the background. Well balanced though rather hefty for a pink wine at 13.5 percent alcohol, showing a lot of complexity and flavor interest for a pink wine; it's no mere summer quaffer. A blend of 40% Mourvèdre, 40% Cinsault and 20% Grenache. US Importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif. (Oct 1, 2006)

FOOD MATCH: It went beautifully with an omelet stuffed with sharp Cheddar cheese; a classic match is Salade Niçoise.



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