Vail wine: Classic rose’ excites wine geek |

Vail wine: Classic rose’ excites wine geek

Jarrett Osborn
Vail, CO Colorado
Vail wine: 2007 E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose'

VAIL, Colorado “- Rose’ wines are more popular than ever, and you would think this would be cause for consternation for this Vail Valley wine geek.

But no, these rose’ wines are dry, and made from many different grapes in many different regions. So this wine geek is excited to present a classic from the Rhone region in southern France: the 2007 E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose’.

Typical for this region, the blend is 50 percent Grenache, 40 percent Cinsault, 5 percent Syrah, and 5 percent Mourvedre. Winemaker Philippe Guigal keeps the juice from these red grapes in contact with their skins for around a day, giving the finished wine its lovely pink/ruby color.

Dry cherry and strawberry flavors carry the wine, with white pepper, straw, and toasty nuances adding complexity. The dry finish, with a little acidity and even a hint of tannins, means this wine is great with ham, turkey and grilled fish.

Philippe Guigal is the third generation of Guigals at the winery, founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal. Philippe’s father, Marcel, has been in charge since 1961. The 2007 E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose’ rates a 3 on Jarrett’s Scale of Dryness for Rose’ Wines (see sidebar). Medium bodied, dry yet silky, this rose’ will work well even into dinner after dark. The Guigal Rose’ is $17.

Rose’, or blush, wines are made from red grapes. The skins are red, the pulp is white. Squeeze the juice out and leave it with the red skins for a few hours to a few days, and voila, pink wine. Allow the wine to ferment like normal and you get a lovely dry rose’. Like a red wine, the type of grape is the main factor in determining the flavors.

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