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2013 Aime Roquesante Rose 

Cotes de Provence, France

Retail $11

Provence extends along the Mediterranean coast in southeastern France. Vineyards bask in sunlight during the long, dry summers, providing ideal conditions for fruit development. Of the few appellations in the region, Cotes de Provence is the largest with more than 50,000 acres, 85 percent of which are planted for the production of rose wines. Fruit for this wine comes from the vineyards in Vidauban along the banks of the Argens river. Aime Roquesante, a modern winery respectful of traditional processes, blends Provence's predominant grapes: cinsault, grenache and syrah. The distinctive bottle, a curvy shape known as a skittle, sets off the pretty color of the wine. On the nose, the wine offers aromas of fresh strawberry and hints of peach. On the palate, taste watermelon, young red berries, citrus and stony minerality on the crisp finish. Drink it as an aperitif or with hors d'oeuvres such as smoked salmon or pate, salads, seafood, fried chicken, barbecue, Asian cuisines, fruit and soft cheeses. Buy it at: Dorignac's. ­— BRENDA MAITLAND


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