Calcu Rosé

chilean wine  %tages Calcu RoséWe’ve been reviewing a lot of sparkling rosé wines lately, but rosé can also be a fantastic wine in subdue form.  This one from Calcu comes from the Colchagua Valley in Chile, one of my favorite wine regions when it comes to finding fantastic values.
If you closed your eyes and smelled this wine you might guess it to be a sauvignon blanc, due to the intense tropical fruit aromas.  But this wine is 55% malbec, 35% syrah, and 10% petit verdot — varietals much more associated with deep, dark, rich wines than a dry, acidic and tropical rosé.

The nose is dominated by deep peach, grapefruit, pomegranate and floral aromas.  The palate also offers plenty of peach, along with green apple, lime and mineral flavors.  The acidity is sufficient, although a touch more would have made it even better.  It finishes with a tart apple and pomegranate flavor.  This is a cool wine.
Wine: Calcu Rosé
Variety: Rosé blend
Vintage: 2011
Alcohol: 12%
Rating: 87
Fee: $13.00

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