The color is pale salmon with flashes of a coppery pink. The aromatics lead with notes of wild raspberry and cherry, giving in to bright citrus, Herbs de Provence and lavender. There’s a strong note of rose petal as well. All this carries through on a broad, almost creamy mid-palate and finally a tangy bright finish.
|Winery||Charles & Charles|
|Varietal(s)||60% Syrah, 17% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cinsault, 1% Counoise|
A collaboration with New York wine importer and entrepreneur Charles Bieler, the Charles & Charles label is best-known for its rosé. When Bieler, the son of a Provençal winegrower, approached him in 2010 to make the vivid, bone-dry rosé, Smith turned to a vineyard growing Syrah deemed too light for his own red wine style.
The first rosé, a 2008, was an eye-opener. The $12 bottling, its label sporting sketches of the long-haired partners against a handdrawn American flag, earned 90 points for its crisp texture and pomegranate and mineral flavors. The 2011 rose to the No. 42 spot on the Top 100 of 2012, and with 2013, the bottling grew to 48,000 cases, with sales and marketing handled by wine giant Trinchero.