Rosé Wine

Jun 032012
2011 Carol Shelton Rendezvous Rosé, Dry Rose Wine, Cox Vineyard, North Coast, CA, $15 (S) – Rating 91

A fun and expressive rosé with a full nose of ripe strawberry and baking spice. The wine offers a deep rich ruby color. The blend of 70% Carignane and 30% field blend of mixed red grapes creates flavors of ripe strawberry, raspberry, bright cherry and watermelon with a touch toasty vanilla. I hope to rendezvous with the beautiful rosé again….all puns intended. Buy This Wine

Apr 252012
2011 Chamisal Vineyards Rosé, Edna Valley, Ca, $22 (S) – Rating 91

With Rosé season just upon us, I feel lucky to have found this blend of 95% Pinot Noir boosted by 5% Grenache by Chamisal Vineyards so early. A fragrant nose of ripe watermelon and strawberry. Beautifully round favors of strawberry and watermelon with notes of spice. Just enough acidity made the wine pair beautifully with our cedar-plank salmon. A near perfect patio sipper.

Apr 152012
NV Happy Bitch Wines Rosé Wine, New York, $10 (S) – Rating 87

Described as Fruity Blend of Chardonnay & Pinot Noir Perfect for Girlfriend Gatherings! Being a guy I was a bit suspect, so I gathered some girls and they did, in fact, enjoy the wine and got a few laughs over the Happy Bitch name. Seriously, the wine is lightly effervescent and slightly sweet with a nose of rhubarb. On the palate expect flavors of strawberry and raspberry, balanced with just enough zippy acidity.

Apr 152012
2011 Pedernales Cellars Texas Dry Rosé, Texas, $16 – Rating 90

This dry Rosé blend of Tempranillo, Grenache, and Sangiovese (all Texas fruit) from Pedernales Cellars near Fredericksburg, offers up a nose of strawberry jam. Flavors of strawberry, rhubarb, black cherry, ripe red apple plus a hint of earthiness combined with balanced acidity, make for a excellent wine by any standards.

Feb 182012
NV Chocolate Shop The Chocolate Lover’s Wine, Walla Walla, WA, $11 (S) – Rating 88

A few folks have tried to to chocolate infused red wine, but Chocolate Shop got it right. Think dark cherries dipped in rich dark chocolate. Very well integrated with all flavors coming together very nicely. A sweet, but not too sweet wine, it paired well with just about anything you’d dip in chocolate fondue.