In this case, Provence-based Chateau d’Esclans makes a rose from (red) grenache and (white) vermentino (aka rolle) and bottles this barely pink wine as Rock Angel. (The wine replaces the company’s previous rose, Whispering Angel.)
It smells basically like almost nothing at all, just the lightest fragrances of peaches, citrus, and vanilla, but largely gossamer thin on the nose. The body is a little more present, thanks to some citrus-fueled acidity and some peach/tropical character. Clean finish. At $25 this is crazy money for a wine of this level of simplicity, but at least, on a technical level, there’s nothing especially wrong with it.
B- / $25 / esclans.com
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