La Bastide Blanche 2010 Bandol Rosé
Pink was the color of both fallen samurai in ancient Japan and American gangsters of the 1920′s . Now, Pink is “My Lil’ Pony” and Kindergarten birthday parties. That is a crying shame; too many people ignore rosé wines simply because of the hue.
This bottle is the antithesis of light and easy and sweet: it’s more Al Capone than Fudgie the Whale. Copper-colored, this wine has aromas of fresh tobacco and red fruits. On the palate, the flavor goes richer, with deep strawberry and cherry flavors wrapped around a core of mineral zing and some toothsome tannins. Burnt orange peel and black tar finish off this complex and aggressive pink wine.