2018 Olema Côtes de Provence Rosé

SKU #1406584 91 points James Suckling

 Lots of fresh sliced peaches and cream and hints of lemons. Crushed stones, too. Full-to medium-bodied, layered and soft with freshness and brightness. Pretty phenolic texture. Mouthwatering. Drink now.  (6/2019)

K&L Notes

From the winery: "The 2018 Olema Rose continued in the tradition of the previous vintages. Made in the Côtes de Provence in the village of Vidauban in a true Provence Rosé style, this wine is crisp, dry and has the perfect balance of color, body and bouquet. Soaring aromatics of watermelon, strawberry, raspberry and rose petal jump from the glass. Flavors of cherry, watermelon and hints of kirsch lead to a wonderful burst of refreshing acidity on the finish. Harvest in Provence this year happened under ideal weather conditions with fully ripe grapes showing good acidity. While the ongoing drought in the region gave lower yields in our vineyards, the vines remained healthy, providing greater depth of flavor and concentration on the palate. All grapes went direct to press with minimal skin contact leading to the pale salmon color and a subtle grip. The must was fermented cold preserving the freshness of floral aromatics and matured in stainless steel giving vibrant fruit intensity and a long, crisp finish. 50% Grenache, 20% Mouvedre, 15% Carignan, 10% Cinsault, 5% Syrah."

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By: Robert Cash | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/9/2019 | Send Email
Crafted in Provence by a winemaking team overseen by Bob Shepard of Amici Cellars renown, this delightful sipper offers aromas of melon, strawberries and fresh flowers. Round and creamy on the palate with bright acidity and a long clean finish. Perfect for pairing with summer fare!

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/2/2019 | Send Email
This is an exciting project from our friends and veritable wine-making experts at Amici Cellars in Napa, who traveled to the land of the best rosés in the world to make this stellar cuvée. It opens with fresh, wild cherries, cream and minerals on the nose, offers rich vibrant fruit on the palate with a focused, bright, acid-driven finish that screams for another sip. Once again, the Olema brand lives up to its moniker, offering incredible value at a low price.

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- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.


- 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.


- Provence encompasses the southeastern portion of France that borders the Mediterranean. The largest appellation in the region is the Cotes de Provence that spans 49,600 acres of land in and around Marseilles. Thirteen different varietals are grown in this appellation with the most important grapes being Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, and Mouvedre. While much of the production is dry rose, there are many more serious wines being made from the area. Some of the most important smaller appellations within Provence include Bandol, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, and Coteaux Varois.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5