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I’m a sucker for Rosé wine, especially when the temperatures go up and the days are longer. It’s almost like an aperitif to have before dinner for us, on the front porch, as we watch our neighbors slowly filter by walking their dogs or walking themselves. So, this week, now that I’ve got you in a relaxed mood I hope, I give you three Rosé wines to virtual sample through me, and then go out and find for yourselves:

Château de Berne Inspiration 2017, $20

12.5% alcohol

70% Grenache Noir,20% Cinsault, 10% Syrah

Color: Pale rose gold.

Aroma: fruit cocktail, peach, fresh sweet watermelon, pear, a cool stream running through a lush forest.

Flavor: Tingly (medium acid) hit me first, then fresh ripened apple, steely/concrete, much more fruit on the back palate and a finish of lemon-lime.

88 Eve pts.

From Tech Sheet: Château de Berne Inspiration a light, yet fragrant Grenache-dominant wine that will elevate any meal or happy hour with friends. The grapes are sourced from Château de Berne’s 330 acres of vineyards as well as trusted growers with whom the estate has long-term relationships. The warm Mediterranean climate, vineyard altitudes of 820-1,082 feet and limestone and clay soils produce grapes that are concentrated while still retaining fresh, juicy acidity. After harvest, the Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grapes undergo cold soak maceration for 2 to 3 hours, to produce the pale pink color for which Provence is world-famous. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks for 2 to 3 weeks before bottling.

Château de Berne Emotion 2017, $16

12.5% alcohol

50% Grenache Noir, 25% Cinsault, 25% Syrah

Cork: Synthetic cork that reminded me of a white marshmallow, this was a first for me. 

Color: Very pale pink. 

Aromas: Bright and aromatic fruit, citrus, lemon tart, cut pineapple, talcum powder. 

Flavor: tart peach and pear, lemon, lime, sweet pineapple, mild to medium acidity.

88 Eve pts.

From Tech Sheet:

The grapes are sourced from Château de Berne’s 330 acres of vineyards as well as trusted growers with whom the estate has long-term relationships. The warm Mediterranean climate, vineyard altitudes of 820-1,082 feet and limestone and clay soils produce grapes that are concentrated while still retaining fresh, juicy acidity. After harvest, the Grenache Noir, Cinsault and Syrah grapes undergo cold soak maceration for 2 to 3 hours, to produce the pale pink color for which Provence is world-famous. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks for 2 to 3 weeks before bottling.

Ultimate Provence Urban Provence 2017, $23

12.5% alcohol

45% Grenache Noir, 35% Cinsault, 15% Syrah, 5% Rolle

Color: rose gold, Swarovski crystal.

Aroma: peach, pink grapefruit, sweet ripe raspberry, plum, hard candy, cream, talcum powder, wet stream pebbles.

Flavor: fruit forward, strawberries and cream, but of tropical fruit, medium acid,  mildly sweet finish.

90 Eve pts.

From Tech Sheet: Urban Provence is a dry rosé combining Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Rolle into a refreshing dry wine with bright red fruits balanced by spice. The grapes are harvested from Ultimate Provence’s 100-acre estate near the village of
La Garde-Freinet, where the sandstone soils produce concentrated,

aromatic fruit. After harvest, the grapes undergo cold soak maceration for 2 to 3 hours, to produce the pale pink color for which Provence is world-famous. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks for 2 to 3 weeks before bottling. The gorgeously etched bottle is reflective of the product inside: beauty, craftsmanship, quality and originality.

Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a "certification in first globally-recognized course" as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits. You can also seek her marketing advice via Eve@EveBushmanConsulting.com