In the interest of getting a little content up on this blog, I am going to post a couple back-dated wine features I have already posted at the store. Moving forward, it is my intent to continue to have a monthly featured wine at Gavoras Fine Wine and Growler Bar, and to post these little write-ups here as part of "Drink, Drank, Drunk." Here is the one I did for May...
Galileo once said that "wine is sunlight held together by water." If this is true, then Miraval Provence is the last blush of the setting sun as it dips below the picturesque vineyard terraces of Southern France. The region in which Chateau Miraval is nestled has been home to winemakers since the Romans were expanding their empire. The fact that it is situated at an altitude of 350 meters, and subject to consistently warm Mediterranean days, and cool coastal breezes at night, lends to an ideal climate to produce the Rhone style grapes (Grenache, Cinsault, Rolle, & Syrah) that are hand selected, and strictly morning harvested for the production of this well-balance Rose.
Should you feel inspired to listen to Pink Floyd, Sade, or Sting after opening a bottle of Miraval Provence, there is a good reason. Chateau Miraval itself has long been a haven for artisits, musicians, and actors. In the 1970s, it was converted into a recording studio by then owner and famous Jazz composer, Jacques Loussier. The musicians mentioned above are among the artisits that have recorded within its romantic stone walls. Currently, the Chateau is owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and served as the location for their wedding, and as their summer home. It was they who, starting with the 2012 harvest, employed the renowned winemaker, Marc Perrin to craft their organically grown, award-winning Rose.
On May 13th, we honor our mothers. My intention was to select a feature wine for May that was both feminine and fierce (like the woman who raised me). Miraval Provence seemed to me to fit the bill precisely. Don't be fooled bit its undoubtedly feminine color. This Rose has subtle complexity and (like my mother) should not be underestimated! Its floral aroma, bright berry flavors, refreshing acidity, and balanced, saline finish give it true substance. Indeed, it was the only Rose to make Wine Spectator's prestigious Top 100 Wines list (2013).
Perfectly suitable for your Mother's Day brunch or graduation celebrations, Miraval Provence Rose truly represents springtime in a bottle!