Wine of The Week: Domaine de Cala Rose 92 Points

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.

Michael Cervin

Michael Cervin is Bonfort's Wine Editor. He is the author of eight books including California Wine County) and he contributes and spirits articles to various publications including Robb Report, Forbes Travel Guides, The Hollywood Reporter, Old Liquors Magazine (Netherlands), The Whiskey Reviewer, The Tasting Panel, Fine Wine & Liquor Magazine (China), Decanter (London), Sommelier Journal,, and many others. He is also professional wine and spirits judge serving at the Taste of Rum Festival in Puerto Rico, The Best of Vinho Verde Awards in Portugal, The Critics Challenge, San Diego Wine & Spirits Challenge, and San Diego Spirits and Cocktail Festival, The Central Cost Wine Competition, The San Francisco International Wine Competition, The California State Fair, and others. He is currently the wine buyer for the Santa Barbara Airport.