2011 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 2011 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: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/29/2013 | Send Email
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Rose time comes around so fast. This is a delishous red berry fruit and spice driven rose. It is dry, refreshing and super drinkable. This wine is Cab Franc based and it has some faint minty / crushed herb notes that show in its character. Ummmmm...
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Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/30/2012 | Send Email
Domaine la Noblaie is one of the oldest family estates in the Chinon appellation. So, endless to say they know a little something about making wine. This Rose is dry, soft and complex. Great flavors of pink grapefruit, stone fruit and watermelon. This Rose has some body to it which was a wonderful surprise. Great summer BBQ wine!

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2012 | Send Email
For me, the most compelling aspect of rosé wines is the way in which they truly capture the essence of a varietal. I am a huge Cabernet Franc fan so I was instantly drawn to the 2011 Domaine De La Noblaie Chinon Rosé. 100% Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley of France. Wonderfully floral nose with hints of fresh herbs. Wild raspberry notes and a nice underlying minerality. Light to medium bodied with a generous mouthfeel and a surprising richness of texture. Try this with a grilled flank steak seasoned with fresh cracked pepper and served sliced on a bed of arugula.

Staff Image By: Jeremy Bohrer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2012 | Send Email
It's summer, so that means it's ROSE TIME! Dry and crisp but with some wonderful weight. A great crowd pleaser.

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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.