In My Glass: Château La Tour Grise ZEC Rosé

Ch Tour Grise ZEC Rose

The Château La Tour Grise ZEC Rosé undoubtedly will be one of the most memorable rosés – if not the most memorable – I enjoyed during the summer of 2013. Made from 100% Cabernet Franc grapes, which are certified biodynamic and organic, the ZEC is both evocative and delicious. We enjoyed the wine over two evenings. The first night I kept thinking that this wine was like witnessing the life span of a cherry unfolding: floral cherry blossom notes evolved into fresh cherries and finally into a kirsch cordial. The finish showed an oxidized, nutty character. Mesmerizing and intriguing. The tasting on the second night brought the cherry and nuttiness together and I couldn’t help but think of Häagen-Dazs black cherry amaretto gelato. ZEC is ripe and a touch off-dry, with any residual sugar balanced by a lasting acidity. It is a rusty pink in the glass, which does not show up too well in the photo, and has a medium plus body. We found it was great on its own, without food to distract from its complexity.

Imported by Newton, Mass.-based Mise Inc. and purchased at Wachusett Wine Trader for $14.

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Katrin is one of the co-founders of Wine Dine With Us. She enjoys sharing her love of wine on the blog, and is particularly fond of wines from Argentine, Alto Adige, and Germany. A lifelong environmentalist, Katrin has become increasingly interested in issues of sustainability in wine and food, local food production, biodynamics, and organic agriculture. When not drinking wine and writing about it, she is a nonprofit professional, specializing in fundraising and special events.

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