Fleurs de Prairie 2017 Côtes de Provence ($16)
Don’t be fooled by the color intensity of a rosé wine. Some paler colored wines are packed with tons of flavor. This rosé’s pale pink color belies a bowl of red fruit flavors from cherry to strawberry to raspberry, all mingling with a mineral richness that gives the wine a medium-bodied silkiness.
Rosés from Provence tend to be paler in color than those from other rosé regions such as Tavel in the Southern Rhone; Navarra, Spain, and here in California, as Provence rosés are produced by the direct pressing method. All this means is that the grapes are pressed — separating the juice from the skins – right away. Since the skins leach color into the juice, and thus the wine, this minimum skin contact draws out only a bit of color. Add to that the mystique of sunny, lavender-strewn Provence, and you get an irresistible style of rosé.
The Fleurs de Prairie (wildflowers) has elegant, embossed flowers running along the bottom of the glass bottle, giving it a stunning visual presentation.