8/25/2015

Quick Sip: Sleight Of Hand Cellars The Magician 2013 White Wine

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Today’s Quick Sip is Sleight Of Hand Cellars’ The Magician 2013 White Wine. This wine is composed of 100% Riesling fruit sourced from Evergreen Vineyard in Washington’s Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley AVA. Evergreen is a large wine growing site that’s well-regarded for white wine grape varieties such as Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and others. I was first introduced to Sleight Of Hand Cellars’ wines a few years ago by a friend who was drawn to the region’s red wines and the producer’s eye-catching vintage movie poster labels. He -- actually we -- later found that there was delicious juice inside the attractive bottles -- particularly their red blends and Syrah.

Sleight Of Hand Cellars is located in Walla Walla and owned by winemaker Trey Busch and partners Jerry and Sandy Solomon. The winery’s name pays homage to one of Trey’s favorite bands -- Seattle-based grunge rockers, Pearl Jam. The song, ‘Sleight of Hand’, which I assume coincides in some way, shape, or form to Trey’s own artistic revolution as a winemaker, is featured on the band's sixth studio album, Binaural. While I’m far more NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) and 80s/early 90s thrash metal than grunge, one thing we can agree on without a doubt is this is one rocking Washington Riesling. And the folks over at Cork Exclusive are running an equally rocking deal (under $20, under SRP) on this wine right now that includes free shipping on any three or more bottles of wine or spirits. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.


Review: Sleight Of Hand Cellars 2013 The Magician White Wine (SRP $23): This is the style of Riesling I enjoy having a well-chilled bottle of when I’m serving moderately spicy Asian cuisine and other zesty dishes. It’s fresh, sleek, and enticing -- brimming with crisp citrus and stone fruit flavors that mingle with green apple and faint mineral notes. The wine’s kiss of sweetness provides a good balance to its juicy, palate-cleansing acidity, ending in a clean, refreshing finish. This wine is a joy to drink on its own, won’t break the piggy bank, and is an exceptionally flexible food partner. Try a bottle or three with your next batch of NFL game day Buffalo wings and appetizers. Approximately 750 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Columbia Valley, Washington. Other info: ABV 11.9%, screw cap enclosure. Rating: 90 Points.

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8/18/2015

'Lesser-Known' Spanish White Wine Flight: Barón de Ley, A Coroa, and Raventós i Blanc

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Just about every day, as wine o'clock approaches, you can find me uncorking or unscrewing a new wine adventure. Being a wine enthusiast, wine blogger, and someone who appreciates the liquid expression of place, a person’s vision, and Mother Nature’s influence -- I find wine to be one of the most intriguing beverages out there. It is an area of interest that you never run out of new things to taste and learn. The wines selected for this post are a flight of white wines I had an opportunity to taste for a ‘Lesser-Known Spanish Varietals’ virtual tasting with renowned Spanish sommelier, Lucas Paya. These three wines are incredibly versatile, light in body, restrained in character, and retain a palate-cleansing natural acidity that will complement, not overwhelm, most meals. For those unfamiliar with these dry Spanish white wines, I highly recommend adding one or all to your sipping rotation. For further information and where you can find these wines, please see my tasting notes below.

Spanish White Wine Flight: Barón de Ley, A Coroa, and Raventós i Blanc

Review: Barón de Ley 2014 Blanco (SRP $11): Aromatic, slender, and crisp, this white Rioja blend of 90% Viura and 10% Malvasia is grown at higher altitudes, expressing wonderful freshness and purity. Crafted in a modern style, vibrant flavors of citrus fruit, melon, and lovely floral traces lead to a medium-long, clean finish. This is an overall budget-friendly and satisfying wine that’s a fine match for fish tacos, crab cakes, light fish dishes, grilled chicken salad and more. It is an equally enjoyable refresher to quench your thirst on a warm summer day. Region: Rioja, Spain. Other info: ABV 12.5%, cork enclosure). Rating: 88 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Barón de Ley 2014 Blanco

Review: A Coroa 2013 Godello (SRP $23): The Valdeorras wine appellation, also known as “The Valley of Gold,” was mined over 2000 years ago by the Romans. Today, the hillsides are rife with a new kind of gold: a high-quality white wine grape variety named Godello. This Godello pours pale straw in color, exhibiting fresh tree fruit and lively citrus flavors against an appealing mineral backdrop. The flavors are well supported by snappy acids that give lift to the wine’s sleek, well-defined texture. The wine ends with a touch of citrus peel (bitterness) in the lingering finish. Overall, a delicious wine that is both elegant and refreshing and perfect for seafood or light fare. Region: Valdeorras, Spain. Other info: ABV 13.5%, fermented in stainless and aged on lees for 2 months, cork enclosure). Rating: 90 Points. Click here to find this wine.

A Coroa 2013 Godello
Review: Raventós i Blanc Silencis 2013 Xarel-lo (SRP $23): Xarel-lo is a white grape variety native to Spain that you have probably had before and didn’t know it. It’s one of the main grapes used in the production of Cava along with Macabeo and Parellada. This example, produced from 50 year-old vines, is 100% Xarel-lo and makes a gripping case for the variety on its own. Backed by a firm core of fresh acidity, this taut and racy wine offers vibrant citrus fruit and tart green apple flavors joined by a compelling burst of minerality and salinity that carries through the mouth-watering, energy laden finish. This wine is naturally grown and crafted. It is slender, crisp, very streamlined, and extremely flexible with a wide variety of foods. Region: Penedes, Spain. Other info: ABV 12.2%, bio-dynamically grown, fermented in stainless and aged on lees, cork enclosure). Rating: 90 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Raventós i Blanc Silencis 2013 Xarel-lo

I would like to thank Wines From Spain for their time and invitation to this eye-opening and enjoyable virtual tasting. Cheers!

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8/05/2015

Quick Sip: Encanto Vineyards 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir

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Today’s Quick Sip is Encanto Vineyards' 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir. I received this bottle from Gold Medal Wine Club which specializes exclusively in small production, artisan wines that are hand-selected and usually not available on the general market. This wine comes from the club’s Pinot Noir series which includes two "hidden gems" per month from boutique producers in California, Washington, Oregon, as well as other international wine regions.

Encanto, which means ‘enchanted’ in Spanish, was founded in 2008 by first generation Mexican American vintner Rosaura Segura and her husband Enrique Lopez. Their winery is a tribute to all farm workers who make up the labor backbone of the US agriculture industry giving particular honor to their families, many of whom worked in California vineyards. Rosaura’s father, Don Enrique Segura, settled in Napa in the mid 1950’s and was one of the very first Mexican American farm workers and vineyard managers. Following a stint at Beringer Winery, Mr. Segura tended to the vines for the Mondavi brothers at Charles Krug until his passing in 1983.

The couple’s limited-production 2010 Pinot Noir, grown on the Napa side of the Carneros appellation, is expressive, concentrated, and a pleasure to drink right now – especially if you prefer riper, more fruit-centric styles of Pinot Noir. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Encanto Vineyards 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir

Review: Encanto Vineyards 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir (SRP $50): Medium deep ruby in color, this opulently fragrant and appealing Pinot Noir showcases generous ripe black cherry, black raspberry and purple stone fruit flavors surrounded by brown baking spices and faint tones of sweet oak. In the mouth, it is attractively textured and expansive with a fruit-forward character balanced by well-integrated tannins and adequate supporting acidity, ending in a lasting, fruit-driven finish. While pleasurable all on its own, this Pinot Noir will marry well with roasted game, lamb, or seared duck breast. Only 146 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Carneros, Napa Valley, California. Other info: ABV 15%, aged 17 months in French oak, cork enclosure). Rating: 91 Points. Click here for discount pricing at Gold Medal Wine Club or call 1.800.266.8888.

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7/23/2015

Pretty in Pink: Rosé Wines from Franck Bonville, Stinson Vineyards, and Donelan Family Wines

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Just about every day, as wine o'clock approaches, you can find me uncorking or unscrewing a new wine adventure. Being a wine enthusiast, a wine blogger, and someone who appreciates and enjoys the liquid expression of a place, a person’s vision, and Mother Nature’s influence -- I find wine to be one of the most intriguing beverages out there. For me, it is an area of interest that you never run out of new things to taste and learn. The wines selected for this post are all rosés. One is from the Champagne region of France and the other two are still wines (non- sparkling) from Virginia's all-important Monticello appellation and Sonoma County, California. All three, which I recommend seeking out, are excellent accompaniments to a myriad of warm-weather foods and equally enjoyable all on their own. For further information and where you can find these wines, please see my tasting notes below.

Factoid: Even though all Champagne sparkles, not all sparkling wine is Champagne.

Review: Franck Bonville NV Grand Cru Brut Rosé (SRP $40): Let me give you some free advice: Do not wait for special occasions to pop the cork on a bottle of sparkling wine or champagne. This delicious example, composed of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir, is salmon pink in appearance with a persistent mousse of tiny bubbles. It exhibits aromas and flavors of fresh red berries – namely strawberry, alongside subtle notes of brioche, floral perfume, and spice. This is the type of champagne I personally enjoy serving with Sunday brunch – think smoked salmon, fruit salad, or crab cake eggs Benedict. The wine’s beautiful texture, firm acids, and reasonable price point (I found it for $30), make it an excellent option for any occasion and a wide variety of foods. Region: Champagne, France. Other info: ABV 12.5%, cork enclosure). Rating: 91 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Franck Bonville NV Grand Cru Brut Rosé

Review: Stinson Vineyards 2014 Rosé (SRP $19.99): A gorgeous pale salmon pink in color, this rosé, made from 100% Mourvèdre, is fresh with a restrained personality, offering vibrant red berries and citrus fruit flavors along with floral notes and a pinch of white pepper coming through on the back end. In the mouth, it is light and bright with an energetic backbone of acidity, making it extremely flexible food wise. I enjoyed a glass on its own and with bacon wrapped scallops. Crafted by the father and daughter team of Scott and Rachel Stinson, whose family operation specializes in small-lot wines, I recommend putting this duo on your wine radar. Only 175 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Monticello AVA, Virginia. Other info: ABV 13%, fermented and aged sur lie in stainless steel, cork enclosure). Rating: 89 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Stinson Vineyards 2014 Rosé

Review: Donelan 2014 Rosé (SRP $24): When your day calls for something bright and refreshing, look no further than this tasty rosé. A blend of 55% Syrah, 29% Grenache, and 16% Pinot Noir, it pours a lovely pale salmon color with a light pink hue. The wine offers vibrant flavors of red berry fruit and fleshy citrus fruit followed by tropical nuances.  Overall, this is a very appealing wine with driving acidity and terrific verve that’s rounded by a fresh and crisp finish. Made from the saignée method, where a small amount of juice is bled away from the skins to increase the intensity of a red wine, winemaker Joe Nielsen says: “Think of it as the 2014 vintage unplugged – an acoustic version of the reds in barrel.” Approximately 290 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Sonoma County, California. Other info: ABV 13.3%, fermented in neutral barrels, cork enclosure). Rating: 89 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Donelan 2014 Rosé

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7/14/2015

Quick Sip: Adega Mãe 2011 Dory Reserva Tinto

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Today’s Quick Sip is the Adega Mãe 2011 Dory Reserva Tinto from the Lisboa region of Portugal. Portugal is traditionally associated with and famous for its scrumptious fortified wines – Port and Madeira. During warmer months, other popular Portuguese selections are the pleasingly crisp and slightly effervescent white wines from Vinho Verde. These refreshing wines are produced from Alvarinho (aka Albariño) as well as other grape varieties and are satisfying, extremely food-friendly, and very affordable.

In my view, the wines that fly under the radar in Portugal are the region’s dry red wines which are often blends. These wines are usually made from traditional Port varieties and other red wine grapes. Portuguese blends have a knack for over-delivering on quality, giving consumers more bang for the buck. The selection featured, a blend of 45% Touriga Nacional, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Syrah, is enticing and robust; perfect for pairing with hearty fare. The good folks at Cork Exclusive have a very good deal (under $20) on this wine right now that includes free shipping on any 3 or more bottles of wine or spirits. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Adega Mãe 2011 Dory Reserva Tinto

Review: Adega Mãe 2011 Dory Reserva Tinto (SRP $25): Slightly opaque and deep purple in appearance, this appealing and robust wine exudes a flavorful core of solid dark fruits redolent of plums, blackberries, and black cherries that are pleasantly framed by notes of sweet oak, chocolate bark, and vanilla bean. In the mouth, the wine is fairly substantial, with good concentration and a firm spine of dusty, ripe tannins that’s held together nicely by ample acidity. This is a wine you can savor now (recommend 30-45 minutes decant), while reserving some for the cellar and enjoying over time. Pair with beef stew, rack of lamb or other hearty foods. During cooler months, this is the type of wine you want to sip while relaxing next to a warming fireplace or fire pit with friends. Region: Lisboa, Portugal. Other info: ABV 14%, 45% Touriga Nacional, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, barrel matured, cork enclosure). Rating: 91 Points.

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7/06/2015

Quick Sip: Y Rousseau Wines 2014 Rosé of Tannat

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Today’s Quick Sip is Y Rousseau Wines’ 2014 Rosé of Tannat. I had an opportunity to try it for a recent virtual tasting put on by Protocol Wine Studio that highlighted drier styles of rosé. Every Tuesday at 9PM EST, you can join Protocol Wine Studio’s wine themed conversation by following hashtag #winestudio on Twitter.

Slightly sweet renditions of the pink juice, no doubt, have its fan base. But nowadays, drier examples are widely available, well-received, and great pairing partners to a huge array of foods. They are also flexible enough for just about any occasion – especially backyard cookouts during the warmer months. Even though rosés, either style, are largely synonymous with summer, I find that drier styles can easily be enjoyed year-round as pre-dinner refreshers or formal dinner wines – as some rosés pack complexity, character and even substance (Hello Tavel).

Y Rousseau Wines 2014 Rosé of Tannat 

When I think of red wine grapes that Sonoma is known for, varieties like Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot are the first that come to mind -- not Tannat. The thick-skinned red wine grape, known for its firm tannin structure, is indigenous to Southwest France. There, the variety thrives in the village of Madiran and is capable of producing long-lived wines of high quality that are built to age and crafted for the patient. Yannick Rousseau’s love for Tannat goes back to his homeland of Gascony, France. In 2007, he founded Y Rousseau Wines to showcase wines from his native country (e.g., Colombard, Tannat) that perform well in Sonoma's Russian River Valley. 

I recommend putting Yannick’s inky and substantial dry red wines made from Tannat on your wine radar. His 2014 rosé of Tannat, produced from a combination of direct pressing (75%) and free-run saignée (25%) methods, is a beautiful rosé to add to your wine radar as well. According to Yannick, who started making the 100% dry rosé of Tannat in 2012, it is the first ever made in the US. He attributes Tannat’s excellent acid structure to the wine’s success.  For further information and where you can find this tasty pink juice, please see my tasting notes below.


Review: Y Rousseau Wines 2014 Rosé of Tannat ($24): This rosé pours a lovely pale salmon color. Subtle fragrances of vibrant red berry fruit and fleshy citrus notes greet the nose. The flavors, which are pleasantly restrained, match the aromas and are firmly packed onto an energetic frame supported by crisp acids and a gentle, streamlined texture. The wine finishes with a bright, medium-long rounded finish. Overall, a wonderfully fresh and beautiful rosé that’s ideal for warm weather sipping. It would also be a great partner to foods like fish tacos, bacon wrapped shrimp, grilled chicken salad, cold pasta salads, or flatbread pizza – the pairings are almost endless. Approximately 275 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California. Other info: ABV 13.5%, 100% Tannat, fermented in stainless, aged 5 for months on lees – no stirring, screw cap enclosure). Rating: 91 Points. Click here to find this wine.

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6/22/2015

Quick Sip: The Hess Collection 2012 Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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Today’s Quick Sip is The Hess Collection 2012 Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The Hess Collection is renowned for expressive, well-structured Cabernet Sauvignons produced from mountain-grown Mount Veeder fruit. This single-vineyard selection comes from the estate’s Allomi Vineyard; a site situated just below the eastern base of Howell Mountain.

The 2012 growing season was ideal for Napa Valley’s prized grape variety, Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition to a great vintage, Hess cites the vineyard’s warmer temperatures and extended growing season as reasons for the wine’s round, ripe fruit character. For the Cork Exclusive special price of $23.99 (which includes free shipping on 3 or more bottles), this wine packs a lot of flavor and offers plenty of pleasure without breaking the piggy bank. It over-delivers for the (under $24) price point and is a very nice bottle to share with friends over a delicious meal. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

The Hess Collection 2012 Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Review: The Hess Collection 2012 Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $30): This wine is drinking nicely right now; there are additions of Petite Sirah (10%) and Petit Verdot (2%) – with the latter contributing to the wine’s relative opacity. It pours a deep garnet color, delivering flavors of sweet black cherry, black currant, and blackberry joined by nicely integrated notes of vanilla bean, toasted brown baking spice, and dusty cocoa powder. In the mouth, the wine is harmonious with a velvet-like texture that’s framed by supple tannins, ending in a pleasing, spice-accented finish. Overall, a satisfying, reasonably price Cabernet to share with friends and enjoy at the dinner table – especially if grilled red meats or smoked pork is on the menu. Region: Napa Valley, California. Other info: ABV 14.4%, 18 months in American oak barrels, cork enclosure). Rating: 90.

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6/01/2015

Quick Sip: Rex Hill 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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Though there are some exceptions, you generally get what you pay for when it comes to Pinot Noir. The grape is often called finicky, fickle, and demanding – both in the vineyard and cellar. For good reason, growers and producers have referred to Pinot Noir as the "Heartbreak Grape." Pinot Noir is naturally low to medium yielding and has a built-in scarcity, since there are few wine regions where the variety fully expresses itself and thrives. Of course, there are more factors, but these are some reasons that can make Pinot Noir more expensive to grow and produce than varieties that are more accommodating, resilient and forgiving.

Oregon’s Willamette Valley is the state’s most recognized and largest wine-growing appellation. It is one of the select few regions in the wonderful world of wine that is well-known for growing world-class Pinot Noir. Today’s Quick Sip, the 2012 entry-level appellation Pinot Noir from Rex Hill, is appealing, harmonious in the mouth, and attractively priced – especially at the Cork-Exclusive deal of $24.99 (which includes free shipping on 3 or more bottles). This is an ideal bottle for the dinner table that would pair nicely with a wide variety of foods, including salmon, tuna, grilled veggies and more! For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Rex Hill 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Review: Rex Hill 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (SRP $35): Medium-deep ruby color, this Pinot Noir offers inviting aromas of ripe black cherries, spicy plum, and juicy blackberries, joined by undertones of rose petals and sweet, caramelized oak tones. It is harmonious and medium-to-full bodied in the mouth, with nice ripeness, soft, relaxed tannins, and good acidity – that carries the dark red and purple fruit flavors through the medium-long, textured finish. Although an ideal slow sniffer-and-sipper to savor on its own, this wine is very versatile on the dinner table – think grilled salmon, lamb, or Portobello burgers. Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon. Other info: ABV 14%, 14 months in French oak barrels, cork enclosure). Rating: 90.

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5/20/2015

Quick Sip: Montes Alpha 2012 Syrah

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Today’s Quick Sip is the Montes Alpha 2012 Syrah from the Colchagua Valley in Chile. Located south of the capital city of Santiago, the Colchagua Valley, largely recognized for its red wines, is a well-known and regarded wine-growing appellation in Chile’s central valley. I had an opportunity to review this Syrah for a recent #SommChat Twitter tasting featuring Montes Alpha’s chief winemaker Aurelio Montes Sr. In celebration of “Earth Day,” Aurelio took time to tell us about Montes Winery as well as their new dry farming initiative.

Already adhering to sustainable agricultural practices since their founding in 1988; and certified under the Wines of Chile Sustainable Code, Montes Winery was compelled to do more. Realizing rainwater is a precious resource; and being responsible caretakers of the land, Montes Winery started a viticulture project in 2009. They began studying the impact of varying levels of vine irrigation on grape growth. Their findings proved significant; demonstrating that dry farming – which simply means the vineyard does not receive any irrigation -- improved the final quality of their wines. Aurelio notes, “We have seen in several tasting panels that through dry farming, we increase the concentration and final quality of the wines.” He added, “We get more ripe fruit, and more weight in the mouth, decreasing the use of water up to 65%.”



Montes’ dry farmed wines were introduced with the 2012 line-up of Alpha wines -- all produced from their Marchigüe and Apalta estates in Colchagua.  The Montes Alpha 2012 Syrah, which retails for $21.99, can be found online for $14.99 and represents very good value for the money. It is inky, shows good concentration and depth, and is harmonious in the mouth – hitting all the right notes. I recommend seeking some out this grilling season! For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Review: Montes Alpha 2012 Syrah (SRP $21.99):  A deep, dark purple color, this aromatic Syrah is appealing and expansive in character, offering a mouth-filling medley of ripe blueberries, blackberries, and plum flavors joined by subtle notes of mocha spice, vanilla bean, and floral nuances. It is full and round in the mouth, with fine integrated tannins and enough acidity to lift the fruit and support the richness; providing wonderful balance. The finish is medium-long, fruit-driven, and satisfying. A more than pleasing solitary sipper, this is also an excellent selection to have on-hand at your next backyard cookout – think gourmet burgers, grilled red meats, or lamb chops!  Region: Colchagua Valley, Chile. Other info: ABV 14.5%, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Viognier, yields 2.8 tons per acre, 55% barrel aged for 12 months in French oak barrels with 1, 2, or 3 uses, cork enclosure). Rating: 90 Points. Click here to find this wine.

I would like to thank Montes Winery and Feast PR for their time and invitation to the Earth Day virtual tasting. Cheers!

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5/11/2015

Quick Sip: Château Miraval Côtes de Provence 2014 Rosé

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There is something about summer that makes a well-chilled bottle of rosé a very attractive option. I keep a significant number of drier examples in my sipping rotation year-round. After all, real men not only drink pink, but enjoy the pink drink through all four seasons. But during the warmer months in particular, the interest in rosé reaches an all-time high -- refreshing and satisfying the drinking needs of many. The wine’s fresh flavors and mouth-watering acidity make it one of the most food-friendly and versatile wines you can sip, bar none. This brings me to the Château Miraval Côtes de Provence 2014 Rosé; a very pretty wine – packaging included -- that emphasizes delicacy, brightness, and nuance.

Besides the cognac-like bottle and attractive packaging, what also draws attention to this Provencal rosé are its Hollywood A-List owners. Chateau Miraval is a joint venture between Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel. The 1,000-acre estate, of which approximately 150 acres are planted to wine grapes, has been home to the couple since 2008. While some consumers purchase wines with their eyes (i.e., wine labels) and others are influenced by celebrity, this Côtes de Provence rosé stands on its own merits. It retails for $30, but can be found over at Cork-Exclusive for $21.99 with free shipping. I plan on adding several bottles to my warm weather sipping rack.  For further information and a link to this deal, please see my tasting notes.

Château Miraval Côtes de Provence 2014 Rosé

Review: Château Miraval Côtes de Provence 2014 Rosé ($30): A blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Rolle, this rosé, which is characterized by freshness, brightness and subtlety, pours a pale salmon-pink color. Muted aromas of white stone fruits, rhubarb, crushed rose petal, hay, and underlying streaks of dried herbs extend to the palate; offering a slender and streamlined mouth-feel enlivened by a firm backbone of acidity. The flavors are sedate, yet well-balanced, with nothing particularly standing out. The wine finishes with a medium-long, acid-driven dry finish. Overall, this Provencal rosé is a warm weather essential that tops the charts for versatility and food-friendliness. Enjoy a bottle or three with friends this spring and summer over picnic or lunch fare. Region: Côtes de Provence, France. Other info: ABV 13%, vinified in stainless steel vats (95%) and barrels (5%) with bâtonnage, cork enclosure). Rating: 90 Points.

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