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2012 Domaine de Sainte Rose Coquille d'Oc Rose 

Languedoc, France

Retail $14-$15

This rose comes from a family-owned, boutique winery near Servian in southern France. Grapes were sourced from Languedoc's subzone, Cotes de Thongue, which encompasses 23 villages along the rolling hills at the base of the Cevennes mountains, where vineyards experience hot, dry summers, mild winters and exposure to coastal influences. The wine is a blend of 80 percent grenache, 15 percent syrah and 5 percent mourvedre. The fruit was hand-harvested at night to maintain moderate temperatures. The wine was vinified in stainless steel tanks and matured over four months. In the glass, the wine offers subtle aromas of red berries, pink grapefruit and hints of pear and apple. On the palate, one tastes red plum, strawberry and tea, with good acidity on the dry finish. Drink it with fish, shellfish, salads, grilled or fried chicken, pork, quail, barbecue, berries, watermelon and soft cheeses. Buy it at: Pearl Wine Co., Faubourg Wines and Swirl Wine Bar and Market. Drink it at: Pelican Club, Borgne and Ivy. ­— BRENDA MAITLAND

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