Next, I tried Chateau Coupe Roses “Bastide” Rouge, Minervois, France, 2018, $19. This wine is from the hillsides north of the Mediterranean Sea in southwest France. A blend of primarily carignan and grenache with a splash of syrah, the wine is deep garnet in the glass and offers aromas of rose pedals, black plum and spice. The wine has a robust mouthfeel with a bit of weight but is soft and easy to drink with intense flavors of blackberry, herbs and hint of anise. 88 points
The last wine I tried was Les Lauzeraies, Tavel, Rhone, France, 2018, $18. From a region in the southern Rhone valley of France famous for this style of dark juicy rose, this wine is almost like a light version of red wine. It’s dark pink in the glass and has compelling Bing cherry, quince and strawberry notes that emanate from the glass. This wine has bright acidity that explodes on the palate with expressive raspberry, unripe Washington cherry and tangy citrus finish. A gorgeous wine. 88 points
This is an ideal group of wines for summer wine enjoyment. Each of the wines showed well for what they had to offer and are great to drink on their own. They were even better with the ribs from Buster’s. But the Schiava from Elena Walch emerged as a distinct pairing success. The juiciness and spiciness from the ribs brought out an intensity of fruit from the wine that I did not expect. In turn, the wine brought out even more flavors of smoke and spice that may have remained hidden without the wine.