Joachim Splichal has been a master chef for years, helming one of Los Angeles’ most iconic restaurants, Patina, and he currently oversees 65 restaurants worldwide. So perhaps it should not be a surprise that he has turned to making his own wine from his native France, specifically a Provence-style rose’ with a California twist. Domaine de Cala (CALA for California-Los Angeles) is from his estate in Brignoles and is comprised of 41% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, 15% Syrah, 6% Rolle and tiny amounts of Grenache Blanc, Carignan and Cabernet, It offers delightful bright summer fruits of guava, cantaloupe, watermelon, strawberry and lime.
The acidity keeps it clean and food-focused while the dryness allows the fruit to peer through the wine without being a fruit bomb. It was fermented and aged only in stainless steel so it retains a bright crispness. Provence is the place for Rose’ and this wine showcases the region beautifully. It is a bit more fruit-forward than typical Provence, but the lightness and brightness is Splichals’ nod to California. This finishes well, a light lingering on the back palate. 5,000 cases.
Score: 92 Points
What’s Its SRP? $15.99/ 750ML
What Can I Pair it With? Nicoise salad; filet of John Dory with artichokes barigoule; Crispy potato cakes with garlic and parsley.