2010 Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rosé (Previously $17)

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Noblaie's rosé is produced from younger Cabernet Franc vines, which are planted in the deeper soils at the base of the hillside vineyard. It has a clear and smooth pink color, deep, rich aromas of watermelon and cranberry and loads of lovely fresh red fruits on the palate. The 2010 is fruity, clean and refreshing, but with powerful volume. Without even a touch of sweetness, the finish is bracing and refreshing.

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Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2011 | Send Email
Plush and pretty, and pink, this Rose from Chinon has balance, depth and a lovely touch of minerality to it. Proper rose makes many a Summer afternoon just that much better, and this wine certainly delivers.

Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/22/2011 | Send Email
100% Cabernet Franc Rose! Popping cranberry nose with lots of red fruit on the palate, this rose finished clean and tart. No sweetness at all here! The Cab Franc grapes give this rose considerable weight on the palate, so it can stand up to richer summer food fare- everything from rosemary potato salad, crusty golden mac & cheese and fried chicken, to foie gras & balsamic portobello mushrooms, or grilled carne asada! Drink well with this rose- and deep! Cheers to summer!

Staff Image By: Adam Parry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2011 | Send Email
This is truly a pleasant change from the Provençal style rosés. Lovely spice and a long dry finish.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/20/2011 | Send Email
Here is a perfect Summer sipper that is dry and refreshing but with flavor and complexity to spare. The bright red fruit flavors are bracing and a touch savory and there is surprising depth to the mid-palate. This pink from the noble region of Chinon shows great texture and transparency.

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Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.