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2019 Rosé Caché
"The Hidden Rosé"
We, like much of the world, have always had a love affair with rosé. At its best, it might evoke a clearer image than almost any other wine: sun-drenched landscape, dappled afternoon light, fresh ocean air. The lands and the wine are perhaps their most iconic in the Southern Rhone, where Grenache and its vinous cousins produce a pure, penetrating, and vibrant example.
At Betz Family, we’re fanatics for richly colored wines and our earliest rosés were darkened by a somewhat liberal presence of Syrah’s deep purple hue to the final blends. Whether they were chillable reds or rosé is still a source of some debate. In 2014, when we made the decision to set our sights on a classic, Rhône-styled, Grenache-based, pink rosé, we looked around the table at each other in silent agreement as to what it would take: the wine needed to stay hidden. So, deep in the cellar, it went to while away the winter, safe from any well-intentioned temptation to add Syrah’s dark influence. What emerged the following Spring was Rosé Caché, “the Hidden Rosé”, a wine that couldn’t be truer to its French inspiration.
Brilliant and pure-colored, the aromas of the 2019 Rosé Caché are apparent the moment it’s poured. Flinty minerality, ruby red grapefruit, apricots, and green tropical fruits explode from the glass. The palate balances rich texture with mouthwatering acidity, offering fresh melon and rainier cherry. The finish, bracing and lengthy, is full of fresh-ground white pepper, fruit pith, and mouthwatering salinity. Hooray for Spring!