2017 Tablas Creek Rose Dianthus

Year: 2017
Appellation: Adelaida District, Paso Robles
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 92
Connoisseurs' Guide: 90
Rose Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
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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)

"A Mourvèdre-dominated blend that nods to Tavel in color and style, the 2017 Rosé Dianthus reveals a deep-pitched bouquet of Provence herbs and earthy Griotte cherry. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, layered and concentrated, with lovely cut and persistence, and it concludes with a long, sappy finish that shows some light, mouthwatering phenolic grip from its brief time on skins. This is a truly excellent rosé that ranks among the four or five best being produced in California, and it will be versatile at the table. 900 cases were produced, entirely from estate grapes." (WA)

"Rich, well-filled and decidedly Rhone-like right from the outset with a very solid grasp on extracted fruit and plenty of palatal weight, this fairly big-bodied effort is a multi-dimensional, mouthfilling wine of considerable richness. That richness comes at the cost of a bit of palpable finishing heat, but this is not a Rosé made for garden-party sipping, and the ragged edges it shows when sipped on its own will disappear when it is teamed with the richer foods that it seems designed to accompany. Reviewed: July 2018" (CG)

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.