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Bieler Rose Sabine 2008

Rosé from Provence, France
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Winemaker Notes

For years the Bieler family made fantastic rosés and other wines under the Ch. Routas label in Provence, and Bieler Père et Fils continues that tradition. Located in the heart of southern France on the sunny hills of Provence, this is a fresh, polished and DRY style of rosé made in the traditional fashion.

"The Coteaux d'Aix en Provence appellation is in the hills surrounding the town of Aix and is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah verses the more Grenache and Cinsault dominated roses of the Cotes de Provence appellation (which is the larger Provence growing area). We focused in on the Aix region as we felt that it was the perfect ‘steel fist in the velvet glove' type balance as it yields something with a little more power but all the finesse and beauty that you'd expect from the other parts of Provence.

I must admit that I never felt that Cabernet Sauvignon was a proper rose grape but year after year, blending session after blending session, I've been proven wrong. In the Coteaux d'Aix, Cabernet Sauvignon brings a back bone to the wine that is super necessary. With this ‘08 vintage it's 60% of the blend with25% Grenache and 15% Syrah. The terrain is hilly and the soil is limestone dominated. 2008 is a less intense vintage that the previous years, meaning less color and fruit opulence. As a result there's more of a floral and citrus component and not quite as rich as palate as the last few years."
- Charles Bieler

Critical Acclaim

ST 88
International Wine Cellar

Pale orange color. Dusty, mineral-driven aromas of redcurrant, wild strawberry and orange peel. Dry, tightly wound red berry and citrus flavors gain sweetness with air and pick up a bitter note of quinine. Firm, juicy and focused, with good finishing clarity and minerally persistence.

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For years the Bieler family made fantastic roses and other wines under the Ch. Routas label in Provence, and Bieler Père et Fils continues that tradition. Located in the heart of southern France on the sunny hills of Provence, this is a fresh, polished and DRY style of rosé made in the traditional fashion.

The Coteaux d’Aix en Provence appellation is in the hills surrounding the town of Aix and is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah verses the more Grenache and Cinsault dominated roses of the Cotes de Provence appellation (which is the larger Provence growing area). We focused in on the Aix region as we felt that it was the perfect ‘steel fist in the velvet glove’ type balance as it yields something with a little more power but all the finesse and beauty that you’d expect from the other parts of Provence.

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One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production and tourism...

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One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production and tourism, the Napa Valley is the AVA that brought worldwide recognition to California winemaking. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two are St.-Helena and the valley's newest AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap District, and Mt. Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture...

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An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture, Merlot’s subtle tannins make it perfect for early drinking and allow it to pair with a wide range of foods. One simply needs to look to Bordeaux to understand Merlot's status as a noble variety. On the region’s Right Bank, it dominates in blends with Cabernet Franc, and on the Left Bank, it plays a supporting role to (and helps soften) Cabernet Sauvignon—in both cases resulting in some of the longest-lived and highest-quality wines in the world. They are often emulated elsewhere in Bordeaux-style blends, particularly in California’s Napa Valley, where Merlot also frequently shines on its own.

In the Glass

Merlot is known for its soft, silky texture and approachable flavors of ripe plum, red and black cherry, and raspberry. In a cool climate, you may find earthier notes alongside dried herbs, tobacco, and tar, while Merlot from warmer regions is generally more straightforward and fruit-focused.

Perfect Pairings

Lamb with Merlot is an ideal match—the sweetness of the meat picks up on the sweet fruit flavors of the wine to create a harmonious balance. Merlot’s gentle tannins allow for a hint of spice and its medium weight and bright acidity permit the possibilities of simple pizza or pasta with red sauce—overall, an extremely versatile food wine.

Sommelier Secret

Since the release of the 2004 film Sideways, Merlot's repuation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What many viewers didn't realize was that as much as Miles derided the variety, the prized wine of his collection—a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc—is made from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

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