2017 Tablas Creek Dianthus Rose

Year: 2017
Appellation: Adelaida District, Paso Robles
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 90
Rose Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
Price :

49% Mourvedre 39% Grenache 12% Counoise

"A refined and focused style, with elegant raspberry, smoky spice and orange peel flavors that linger. Mourvèdre, Grenache and Counoise. Drink now. 1,625 cases made.—Tim Fish" (WS)

Winery Notes:
The Tablas Creek Vineyard Dianthus 2017 is a blend of three estate-grown varietals, propagated from budwood cuttings from the Château de Beaucastel estate. The blend incorporates the rosé traditions of the southern Rhône, taking its Mourvèdre foundation from the solid, dry rosés of Bandol and incorporating the structure of skin contact from the rich, juicy Grenache-based Tavel. Dianthus -- in pre-2012 vintages called simply Rosé -- refers to a genus of flowering plants known for their deep pink blossoms and known colloquially to gardeners as "pinks".

Our 2017 Dianthus is an electric pink. The nose shows watermelon and strawberry fruit, mint, and sweet spice. The mouth is like biting into a ripe plum, complete with the burst of acid from the skin, the sweet fruit that follows, and a little welcome herbiness on the finish like lemon thyme. A little salty minerality comes out on the finish, with flavors of cranberry and spice. A rosé to convert people who think that pink wines can't be serious. Drink before the end of 2019.