The menu – a braise of chicken in a piperade-based sauce – bacon, onion, garlic, peppers and tomatoes – and farro cooked risotto-style. Ingredients assembled, now for the wine. As I was entering the wine department, I came upon a large floor display for Charles & Charles Rosé 2010 Columbia Valley WA. The text on the cases of wine which composed the display informed me that I could drink rosé “and still be a bad ass”. Well, I knew that – I don’t find pink wines emasculating or feminizing unlike skinny jeans on men which should be avoided at all costs. As a fan -remember, he is a rock star winemaker – of the second Charles on the label, i.e. Charles Smith, I put a bottle in my cart and proceeded to the check-out. I was not disappointed with my purchase.
The wine is 100% Syrah – the back label cites the grower and the vineyard from which the grapes were sourced – Art Denhoed at Talcott Vineyards. The wine is made by a collaboration between Charles Bieler, Three Thieves, Bieler Pere et Fils, Sombra Mezcal, and Charles Smith, K Vinters, Charles Smith Wines.
In the nose, fruitful and floral – cherries, strawberries and rose petals, sweet and savory herbs; on the palate, a burst of fruit and minerality, smooth mouthfeel; a spicy and acidic finish. A phrase from my notes – “big nose, big fruit”.
I was taken with the label of this wine – an appropriation of the flag reminiscent of Jasper Johns with a Warholian vibe. The back label also includes pertinent social media info – websites and twitter handles.
As for the pairing, the wine held up well to the various elements of the braise, though I would also recommend this wine for grilled salmon, grilled chicken or grilled pork.
Charles & Charles Rosé 2010 Columbia Valley WA
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