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2014 Le Figuier Rose l'Esprit du Sud de la France 

Provence, France

Retail: $13-$14

Rose wine sales continue to surge in the U.S., especially the lively, food-friendly and refreshing mineral-touched wines of Provence in the south of France. This wine from the Alain Combard estate is the second vintage released of a bottling created specifically for the U.S. market. Le Figuier is produced in the tiny sub-appellation of La Londe-les-Maures, a commune on the Mediterranean coast. A blend of 30 percent each Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, 25 percent Grenache and 15 percent Cinsault, the wine is vinified and aged in stainless steel to retain the freshness and character of the aromas and flavors of the grapes. Vibrant and nuanced, the well-structured wine exhibits aromas of red berries, citrus, stone fruit and herbal notes, leading into zingy flavors of strawberries, melon, a hint of red currant and the distinctive Provencal signatures of subtle minerality and uplifting acidity. Serve well-chilled. Drink it with Asian-inspired dishes, tapas, Mexican, Indian, seafood, barbecue and regional American fare. Buy it at: The Wine Seller and Sidney's Wine Cellar.

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