Domaine de CALA, owned by renowned chef and restauranteur, Joachim Splichal, draws its excellence from its great diversity of soils. The estate spans 450 acres in Brignoles, the heart of Provence. The vineyards offer a soft and supple soil, deep and devoid of pebbles and full of life. Vines at Domaine de CALA are "Selection Massale," meaning they were planted from carefully chosen cuttings of old vines, the traditional way of propagating vineyards. This planting method increases long-term benefits of the vineyard, and increases individuality, full expression, and uniqueness in the wine.
Joachim Splichal collaborated with his sons, Nicolas and Stephane, and the winemaking team of rose specialist, Bruno Tringali, to craft the fourth vintage of this estate-grown and decidedly Proven?al pink. It is a highly inviting and complex blend of Grenache 48%, Cinsault 35%, Rolle (a.k.a. Vermentino) 6%, Syrah 5%, Carignan 4% and Grenache Blanc 2%. If the lighting is just right, you could be forgiven for thinking the 2019 Domaine de CALA Rose was a white wine. It is such a strikingly pale rose!
Though it looks demure in the glass, plenty of personality comes through on the nose. The fresh, pure aromas, ripe strawberry, Rainier cherry and a hint of quince, are a surprising contrast to the restrained color. These build on the palate, especially as the wine warms up. There is a real lift to this light-bodied wine. The moderately lingering finish shows a pleasant dusting of fine tannins showered with mineral character. Between its dynamic palette of flavors and its exhilarating acidity, this is a very compelling, elegant rose.
This rose is versatile when it comes to pairing with food. Enjoy it with fish tacos or other Mexican coastal cuisine. It also pairs nicely with shrimp salads, green vegetables and appetizers, such as olive tapenade. For cheeses, go with soft goat cheeses with honey and dried herbs de Provence.