Friday, August 16, 2013
Miraval Rose: "Brangelina's Wine"
I have to admit, I was curious. There was talk about it all over the internet: Brad Pitt and Angelina make movies, adopt children, save the world (the Jolie-Pitt foundation gives away millions annually to refugees and Doctors Without Borders, among other humanitarian causes), and now they make wine!
To be fair, this wine is not simply another celebrity wine; it's a partnership with Perrin, a highly esteemed winemaker from France. The Jolie-Pitts don't just jump into a new hobby willy-nilly. They do their research, they partner with people more knowledgeable in the field than they, and they do their best to be earth friendly. This rose is from organically grown grapes on their own land.
On first glance, the bottle is striking: hefty, sleek, and minimalist, the better to show off the pale pink wine. On second glance, the bottle seems out of place, since it is technically a champagne bottle housing a rose. On third glance, it really doesn't matter, because it is so visually stunning.
The peachy pink color of the wine is gorgeous, and makes any wine glass look like it's a girl's dream come true, if it isn't already.
My first whiff of this pretty pink rose brought me back - way back. Way back to when I used to wear Victoria's Secret's Love Spell body spray. The scent of this wine is exactly like that body spray: strawberries, raspberries, white peach, jasmine. In and of itself it's a lovely scent. A bit overdone and heady, but lovely. I just wasn't expecting it in a wine.
I reserved judgment until after I had tasted the wine, however. The slightly chilled rose is smooth and rich, well balanced with a dry finish. Flavors of fresh berries and blossoms tumble and swirl around the palate, filling the mouth with heady freshness, slipping down, leaving a smooth, dry remembrance of the bouquet behind.
Unfortunately, I personally could not enjoy it with my memory of Love Spell stuck in my head. It felt like I was drinking a body spray. My husband, however, loved it, and he is not alone in that sentiment, judging from others' reactions (Wine Spectator gives it 90 points). In spite of my personal hang-up, I can objectively say that this is a great summer wine: it's complex, organic, and beautiful. It is also nearly sold out everywhere. If you can get your hands on it, it's worth a try before the chill of autumn wanders through the streets. Sit on your porch, sip this, watch the sun set, and indulge in the nuances of sight, taste, smell, and feel.