Thursday, April 18, 2013

Wine of the Week: 2012 Rosé by Charles & Charles

photo: Charles & Charles Rosé 2012 
I crave savory food, especially Asian food, almost as much as I crave wine. This weeks wine of the week is the Charles & Charles Rosé 2012 a good mate to my home prepared Asian inspired meal.

This wine is a collaboration between Charles Bieler and Charles Smith. Eschewing the aesthetic of the well-known Charles Smith black and white label design, they have opted for a broad swipe of pink stripes on this label, creating an eye catching, difficult to ignore bottle of wine. A bottle you and your friends will not be able to resist.

Tasting Notes: Charles & Charles Rosé 2012.

Color: Pale pink,
Nose: Toasty, fruit punch, strawberry dominant, a whiff of petroleum.
Palate: Fruity, bright, strawberry, melon, a little tingle mid-palate, crisp edge on tongue and gums, with chalk on the dry strawberry finish.

This was a dry, lively, fruity wine. Paired at home with sautéed wild shrimp, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, mango habanero sauce, salt and a side of soba noodles with pea pods, shiitake mushrooms and green onions. The umame, salty, fishy, hot savory flavors were a good match to this fruity wine. I can't help but think that this wine will be on everyone's fourth of July party list; add some grilled shrimp or crab and I'll join the festivities. Recommended.

Blend: 81% Syrah, 16% Mourvedre, 2% Cinsault, 1% Grenache
Closure: Screw cap
ABV: 12.9%
Paid $9.48
Released: 01 March 2013

Notes on the Project:

"A collaboration founded in 2008 between Food & Wine Magazine 2009 Winemaker of the year, Charles Smith (K Vintners, Charles Smith Wines) and Charles Bieler (Three Thieves, BIELER Pere et Fils, Sombra mezcal). The label is an abstract play on the American Flag done by the well loved and historic Nashville, TN poster shop, Hatch Show Print." Charles & Charles

Learn more at their website: bielerandsmith.com
Follow them on twitter: twitter.com/charlesbieler and twitter.com/kvintners

Go grab some while you still can.

Cheers!