2014AmeztiaRose2014 Domaine Ameztia, Irouleguy Rose, France.
For me the 2014 Ameztia Rose, a late comer in the Rose season, is one of the coolest pink wines of the year and is perfectly timed with our extra warm indian summer weather here in California, plus as a bonus it is substantial enough and brawny enough to handle fall cuisine. Made from all biodynamic grapes and fermented using native/natural yeast this Tannat and Cabernet Franc based pink has some stuffing and power, while remaining refreshing and vibrant, it glistens with beautiful color in the glass and lively pop in the glass with spice, mineral and zippy acidity, with bright fruit essences and a tannic grip. The nose is stoney with citrus, wild berry and steely tones and a hint of peppers leading to a refined clear palate of zesty red citrus and peach, strawberry, watermelon, sour cherry, rose water and chalk dust with a bit of earth, cranberry, red apple skin, minty herbs, pepper and savory/bitters. Domaine Ameztia’s Irouleguy Red, also Tannat and Cabernet Franc, and Irouleguy White made from Petit and Gros Menseng are also vigorous and  expressive examples that deserve merit and attention too, both are fine efforts. This is one of the most terroir driven pinks of the year, fun and very geeky, it has a great package, is pleasure and offers a unique view of the French Basque region, drink from 2015 to 2017.
($23 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive

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