Clos Cibonne Côtes de Provence Rose “Tradition”, Tibourn/Grenache, France $35
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From Easterly Wine:
The microclimate of Clos Cibonne is especially important to the uniqueness of the wines, as the proximity of the ocean brings much needed cool air to the vineyards in the summer months. The grapes are harvested by hand early in the morning, then destemmed and directly pressed. The must goes into temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks, which are cooled to slow the fermentation process. After fermentation with native yeasts, the wine is racked into 100-year-old foudres, where it ages biologically on the fine lees for one year sous-voile, under a thin veil of fleurette.
Tibouren and Grenache. Salmon orange color. Enchanting, warm, sweet aromas of strawberry, orange peel and exotic spice. Round, vibrant fruit flavors with astonishing minerality. Deep and unctuous finish. Featuring the Tibouren grape in the lead role; legendary for its texture, substance and ability to age gracefully for a decade or more.