The 2006 Domaine Du Clos D’Alari Grand Clos ranks right up there with the best rose wines of the summer. Winemonkey and I have trudged our way through enough "too sugary sweet", "too haltingly tart", and "waaaay too watery" rose wines to overlook this dry, well balanced summer quaffer.
Although there is nothing extraordinary about the wine, it does rise above the fray and, dare we say, would pair well with a light summer lunch as well as an all-out barbeque. The wine has bright peach and red berry notes along with a cool minerality and vibrant freshness. What more can you ask for?
The wine is made in Provence from 55% Cinsault, 20% Syrah, 10% Grenache, 10% Rolle, and 5% Mourvèdre. You can find it at AOC Fine Wines for $20.