Ixsir Altitudes Lebanon rosé 2016 is a pale, light rose with strong similarities to those from Provence, but with differences as well. The wine is a blend of syrah, cinsault (usual rose suspects) and caladoc. Caladoc is a more unusual creature. It is a crossing of malbec and grenache and is a little grown grape and a relatively recent creation.
Altitudes has a lots of red fruit: strawberry, cherry and plenty of watermelon. It has a hint of bitter on the finish and it , unsurprisingly goes really well with olives, hummus, tomatoes and dolmas. It isn't a tiny wispy rose though. It has some heft. Well, perhaps not heft but it has a bigger "mouth feel" than many roses.
"Mouth feel" is a term you hear a lot in wine discussions. Just think of the wines you've had that went down like water, as opposed to kefir. These two being extremes of course! This wine isn't like a pink glass of water.
I had this on a hot night, with a broken air conditioner and it really does the trick in that environment. This rosé is a summer treat.
This is a "surprising" wine primarily because of where it is from and perhaps because of use of caladoc). Most people don't think of Lebanon as a wine producer but they've grown grapes there for millennia. The modern industry owes much to the French it is true. There is no reason to look askance at wines from Lebanon. There are many producers of fine wines in the country.. This particular winery has vineyards as high as 6000 feet. They create wines from various vineyards across the country. Find out more about Ixsir HERE.