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The Solace Rose is back!!  This is hands down our all time best selling Rose, a wonderfully elegant rose of Syrah that combines the power of Syrah with a reserved winemaking style, creating a superbly balanced wine with robust domestic fruit and French austerity.  The 2014 is delicious, showing raspberry, strawberry, rose petal, hints of vanilla, peach and honeysuckle, with subtle spice and a lively acidity, making for a perfect springtime sipper.  You can count on this one staying fresh all season long.  Enjoy now through 2018. - DZ Mar 2016

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2014 Azur 'Solace' Dry Syrah Rosé
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Posted Ratings Comments
05-Dec-2016
Good
WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT
  • VARIETAL
    Rosé
  • APPELLATION
    California
  • ALCOHOL
    12.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Elan and Julien make exquisite wines in tiny amounts from Napa Valley fruit, and we are fortunate to count them as close, personal friends. Among their charming handcrafted releases, the Azur Rosé stands alone. “California Rosé doesn't get much better than this,” says the Wine Spectator. And just in time for long, warm-weather evenings and dining al fresco!

This wine was produced in the methode Provençal, a technique very few producers employ here in California. Made from select red grapes only, grown and harvested in order to produce rosé and rosé only, and in a lighter, salmon-like shade of pink with a refreshing and super refined, soft finish on the palate. The nose opens to a delicate bouquet of white flowers with seductive peach accents. Fresh and focused, the sophisticated palate offers elegant layers of raspberry, strawberry and watermelon. An alluring mineral finish completes this purely harmonious wine.

Black olives, red peppers, garlic and seafood are natural foods to accompany this brisk, totally dry rosé. And for those who are ambitious in the kitchen—bouillabaisse! Free Shipping on 6+ bottles, for this perfect Mother’s Day offering.


Reasons why we love it:

French winemaking is easily apparent in this bright, Provencal-style pink wine, which looks, smells and tastes like an herbaceous, refreshing Bandol Rosé, and it’s designed to match Provençal-style foods as well.

Produced by Winemaker Julien Fayard, with his dynamic winemaking background in France and California, this is a wine that elegantly represents his lovely winemaking style hewn from working at an assortment of grand chateaux in France including Lafite Rothschild, Smith Haut Laffite, Quintessa in Napa Valley, and most recently, Chateau Sainte Marguerite, a Cru Classé winery located in the Cote d’Azur.

TASTING NOTES 

"A beautiful light copper at its heart, this wine shows a ring of fine peach hues at its edges. The nose is bright and complex, with a very unique mix of aromas: warm summer earth, pumpkin flowers, strawberry leaf, orange peel, subtle tutti-frutti candy and subtle dried fall leaves. The mouthfeel is soft on entry with a grip that starts at the rear of the palate and spreads forward, leading to a softly-viscous, crushed velvet feel and a soft minerality. The fruit is tart citrus peel, young strawberry, dried pink rose petal, earthy violets and wildflower honey. The finish is medium-long and delicate, with citrus peel, chalky minerals, wildflower honey and berry bramble". -Winemaker Julien Fayard

THE STORY TO KNOW

Julien Fayard brings a dynamic winemaking background from both his extensive studies and professional work experience in France and California. He has a masters in Agribusiness and Winemaking. He studied in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley.

Julien gained his knowledge and defined his winemaking style from working hands-on at grand Chateaux in France such as Lafite Rothschild, Smith Haut Laffite and Quintessa in Napa Valley. He recently returned to Napa Valley after having lived and worked as a winemaker in Southern France for 3-years at Chateau Sainte Marguerite, a Cru Classé winery located in the Cote d'Azur.

Julien is currently working with Philippe Melka to develop, high-end luxury red wines from the coveted Napa valley. He is the owner and consulting winemaker for Fayard Wines LLC.

Julien's love for classic provençal rosé is the inspiration of this limited production of methode provençal rosé.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

This Rosé is a must for the spring! Serve with rare steak over arugula for a gourmand supper.