The folks at Terre Rouge suggest their Vin Gris d'Amador be enjoyed as follows:
"It is the perfect wine for a hot summer afternoon on the patio or at your favorite bistro. In France it is practically a sacrilege to not be drinking a glass of rosé with your lunch at the cafe..."
Hmm. Well, it's the middle of the winter, drizzling outside like a scene out of Blade Runner. Not to mention the fact that I have no patio, it's after lunch and I'm certainly not in France (alas). Of course, suggestions, are just that - suggestions. I hereby ignore said suggestion and stick this bottle of lovely cherry-red, rosé wine into the fridge for a 12 minute cool-out.
As the wine chills I proceed to construct a Dagwood steak sammy out of leftovers: prime rib in foil, a 1/2-eaten baguette and some spare cheese hiding out behind the margarine tub. Now, with the assistance of an old timey panini press, I simulataneously, warm, toast and melt. Voila. Cheesy-meaty-toasty goodness.
I pop open the Vin Gris and discover that it hits the spot as a sidekick to my simple sandwich. However, this wine really starts to shine once it's warmed up a bit and I've finished (read: scarfed) the sandwich.
- 54% Mourvèdre, 42% Grenache and 4% Syrah from California's Sierra Foothills
- Not your typical pink wine - this wine possesses a great deep cherry-red color with copper undertones
- Allow Terre Rouge to warm up a bit before you start sipping. Your nose will thank you. There are rich, yet restrained scents of vanilla-spice and red raspberry. However, a most unique aroma piqued my interest in this wine. It seems to offer up a little Pinot Noir-like mushroomy funk mixed with some of the 'meaty' character for which Mourvèdre is famous. Yum
- In the mouth the wine feels fairly full-bodied. There are subtle tannins as well as a surprisingly evolved combination of flavors. It's a bit more complex than your typical 'sippin rosé'
Give it a try. Who cares if it's February or March or...