TWO TOP VINTNERS — both named Charles — collaborate on Charles & Charles wines, the brand with the eye-catching abstract American flag for a label. The winemakers are Charles Smith (K Vintners, Charles Smith Wines and Secco Italian Bubbles) and Charles Bieler (Three Thieves, Bieler Pere et Fils, Gotham Project and Sombra).
Smith has made a name for himself in Washington state where he has created a number of lines. Wine Enthusiast named him “Winemaker of the Year” in 2014.
Bieler is a pioneer in rosé wine production spending his formative years working at his family’s Chateau Routas in Provence. Bieler touted rosés long before the craze hit the U.S.
Smith and Bieler formed an alliance with Trinchero Family Estates in Napa to make and distribute their Charles & Charles wines.
Besides the rosé, other wines in the collection include a Cabernet Sauvignon blend, Chardonnay and single-vineyard Riesling.
Charles & Charles Rosé Columbia Valley, Washington 2014, $12: A mix of vineyards and diverse grape varieties, along with an agreeable vintage, helped create this crisp, dry, fruity rosé. The two Charles say it is the most complex and complete rosé they’ve made to date. It’s a bright salmon color with tons of cherry-berry flavor, a touch of citrus and dried thyme, and a streak of minerality. It’s 72 percent Syrah braced with Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Cinsault and Counoise.
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