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Sun: 12 − 6pm
Wine: 2016 Victor Hugo “Les Mis” Estate Rosé, Paso Robles, California
Regularly $14.99, Special Price $12.74
Cheese: Ile de France Saint André, Normandy, France
Regularly $17.99/lb, Special Price $13.99
We’re welcoming in the 2016 vintage of Rosés with this crowd favorite from Victor Hugo. I’m fairly certain that we’ve offered this wine every one of the ten years we’ve been here. It’s an excellent wine for the money.
The grapes were hand harvested, crushed, then cold soaked for 40 hours prior to barreling free run juice for fermentation in seasoned French oak barrels. The wine was aged on its lees passively for averaging 5 weeks prior to bottling. This process produced a richer mouthfeel and allowed the wine to be bottled with minimal filtration.
This blend of 37% Merlot, 25% Malbec, 22% Zinfandel and 16% Syrah has enticing aromas of wild strawberries and lavender that pair with piquant acidity. A great Rosé for food pairings. Aside from St. Andre, its cheese pairing, this also goes well with poultry and salmon, as well as a variety of appetizers.
Crafted in Coutances, in the Normandy region of northwestern France, St. André is a pasteurized cow’s milk cheese, covered with a satiny, edible rind. Soft-ripened, the downy white outer layer offers a complex counterpoint to the wildly rich and silky center. As dense as pure butter and with the richest of flavors, the tongue-pleasing salty tang derives from the ocean air blowing through the paturages of the Normandy coast. Pair this with the Les Mis and you’re in for a little slice of heaven!