Our co-founder Cindy calls this her wine. A devout lover of Southern Rhone blends, Cindy wanted to make a wine like this since inception. It wasn’t until 2007 that Covington Cellars had access to the Cinsault varietal. Sitting at the blending table with Morgan and David, Cindy named the wine “Ma Belle”, meaning my beautiful in French, and it’s been on the production schedule ever since. A single vineyard bottling, this Grenache dominate blend has a dedicated following among our wine club members.
The 2013 bottling is a beauty, at 75% Grenache, rounded out by 15% Mourvedre, and 5% each of Syrah and Cinsault. This wine offers up a palate coating mixture of ripe red fruits and floral notes.
92pts Wine Enthusiast (2012)- "It brings very pretty perfumed aromas of dried flowers, herb, plum, olive and earth. The flavors show crystalline purity, completely captivating, with orange peel notes on the finish. It's as much about feel as flavor."
91pts - Wine Advocate (2012)- "The 2012 Ma Belle Olsen Vineyard Artisan Series gives up ripe strawberry and raspberry notes in its medium-bodied, seamless, elegant and beautifully textured