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France, Rose, Ferraton Père & Fils, Samorëns, Côtes du Rhône, 2016

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N/ Saline and sea-spray, cotton candy, crushed oyster shells, lime zest, basil, tarragon, and honeysuckle. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Lime coated jolly rancher strawberry candy, a lick of granite (and if somehow you’ve never licked any rocks you need too, trust me), a hint of slate, and a close of ripe cranberry. Delightfully complex […]

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New Zealand, Rose, Villa Maria, Private Bin, Hawkes Bay, 2016

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N/ Steamed hay, bing cherry, jolly rancher candy, oyster shells, beach spray. Fresh wafts off a tidepool in a very pleasant way. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean lines of cherry, strawberry, and ripe cranberry. Nice mineral finish with a kiss of lime zest to trigger a mouthwatering good bye. Lovely. http://www.villamaria.co.nz/ Price = $15 N = […]

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France, Rosé, Red Blend, “Les Vignes” Rosé, Domaine de Bila-Haut, Michel Chapoutier, Rousillion, 2016

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Red blend of 78% grenache, 14% cinsault and 8% syrah. N/ Freshly crushed oyster shells, light wafts of strawberry Jolly Rancher candy, fresh hay, and sun bleached granite. Screaming for oysters, sushi, or ceviche. T/ Light mouthfeel. Wonderful acid work with light citrus tones, light strawberry flavors, a faint cranberry pucker, and multiple layers of […]

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France, Rose, Rosé d’Anjou, Mulonnière, Loire Valley, 2015

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Red blend of: 40% Cabernet Franc, 30% Grolleau, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Gamay N/ Fresh rain, wet cement, raspberry Jolly Ranchers, crushed granite. In short, exactly the way rose should smell. T/ Medium to medium full mouth feel which was a surprise. Usually roses are much lighter in the piehole region. What also was […]

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Spain, Tempranillo, Rose, Compañia Vinicola del Norte de España, CVNE, Rosato, Rioja, 2015

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N/ Her nose leads with crushed rocks, then ample red berries and ripe red apples with skins. T/ Light to medium mouth feel. Very nice acid popping flavors of ripe red apples and raspberries. Interestingly, some savory and wild herb flavors as well, which I was not expecting. Note: I would pair this wine with […]

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Spain, Sparkling, Cava, Brut Rose, Anna de Codorniu, DO Cava

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Made from 70% pinot noir and 30% chardonnay N/ Red apple, strawberry, fresh rain, hint of crushed rocks. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Surprisingly she has very nice ruby grapefruit flavors with some red apple skins as well. A mineral component is there but is a tad gentle. I wished for a little more complexity here but […]

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France, Pinot Noir, Sparkling Wine, Cremant, Cremant D’ Alsace, Rose, Brut Rose, Lucien Albrecht

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N/ She starts with a lovely salt blast, followed by flint, light strawberry wafts, and red apples. T/ Light to medium mouth feel. Lovely, dancing acid which accompanies elegantly restrained flavors of red apple, tart cranberry, and honeysuckle. She has an extended close of minerality and red apple. http://pasternak-wines.simpleflame.com/pdfs/Lucien%20Albrecht%20Brut%20Rose%20Product%20Sheet%20SRP.pdf Price = $22 N = A- […]

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Spain, Rose, Rosada, Vina Real, Cune, Rioja Alta, Rioja, 2014

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100% tempranillo N/ Bright and clean with lovely fresh rain aromas, citrus zest, wet rocks, granite, and dry hay. T/ Light mouthfeel. Nice, dancing acids over a rich minerality with light flavors of red berries, honeysuckle, and pink grapefruit. She has an extended, mineral rich finish with nice mouthwatering action. For me, a true delight. […]

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Winery & Vineyard Visits / Winemaker Focus / Cornerstone Cellars / Jeff Keene / Napa Valley, California & Oregon

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I had the privilege of sitting with winemaker Jeff Keene for an extended tasting of Cornerstone wines. The offerings were delicious, impressive, and showed a broad range of styles. The wine also importantly showed restraint in all the right places. Jeff was 100% delightful and explained his winemaking philosophy beautifully. Passion is an over-used word in the […]

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France, Rosé, Bila-Haut, Michel Chapoutier, Pays d’Oc, Roussillon, 2013

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Red blend of cinsault and grenache. C/ Beautiful salmon and amber / pink. N/ Delightful rosé signatures of strawberries, raspberries, and sun bleached rocks, but also with hints of peach and melon. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. A nice lively acid introduction complete with raspberry and jolly rancher flavors but she is more complex than that… […]

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Winery Visit / Winemaker Focus / Abiouness Wines / Nicole Abiouness

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I was at a fab party in Sonoma a few months back that was bursting at the gills with great, and varied, wines and local winemaker royalty.  Admission price to the party was an interesting bottle of wine. Aside from two that were clearly jokes, there were approximately 40 other fascinating offerings. I was, predictably, like […]

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USA, Rosé, Mourvèdre, Stinson Vineyards, Monticello, Virginia, 2012

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100% mourvèdre N/ Suggest you wait at least 20 to 30 minutes after opening this bottle as some reduced aromas needed to escape, at least from the bottle I had. After the short wait, she delivers nice Rosé hallmarks of fresh bracing fruit and raspberries, with a very nice mineral and rock presence. T/ Medium mouthfeel. […]

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France, Rosé (Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon), Bordeaux Rosé, Château Bonnet, Bordeaux Contrôlée, 2012

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This wine was part of a tasting event put on by the Bordeaux Supérieur Winemakers Association (aka Planet Bordeaux) and Balzac Communications (http://balzac.com/) A Rosé blend of: 50% merlot and 50% cabernet sauvignon. C/ Striking. Neon pink cranberry. N/ Apples, cranberries, marine, slate, and raspberry aromas. Lots going on for a Rosé at this price […]

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Bulgaria, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose of Pinot Noir & Syrah, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet, Vini, Veni Vidi Vici, Thracian Valley, (2009-2011)

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I was delighted to sample five bottles of Bulgarian wine, across six major grape types. They all retail at a fairly amazing $8.99 – $9.99. For me, the rose of pinot/syrah and the sauvignon blanc were clear stand outs.  The rose ($8.99) I posted  here http://www.brainwines.com/bulgaria-rose-pinot-noir-syrah-vini-veni-vidi-vici-thracian-valley-mmxi-2011/. The sauvignon blanc well, look, she is my least […]

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Bulgaria, Rose (of Pinot Noir & Syrah), Vini, Veni Vidi Vici, Thracian Valley, MMXI (2011)

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A blend of 60% pinot noir and 40% syrah. N/ Acidic, crushed river rock waftings introduce aromas of strawberry jolly rancher, wet steel, and cranberry. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Surprisingly weighty given the acid focus of the nose. Dripping, acid dancing strawberry, cranberry, and cherry flavors intermix with lime juice – in a balanced, mouthwatering […]

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USA, Rosé (Syrah), Stepping Stone, Cornerstone Cellars, Corallina Rose, Oak Knoll, Napa Valley, California, 2012

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N/ Rose petals, red berries, herbs, and strawberries. Light caramel and barrel room. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Nice mix of red berries, strawberries, and a touch of a cranberry bite and citrus zest. Ample acid and mineral/rock notes play and please. Dry, lively fun. Another great wine from Cornerstone. Winemaker = Jeff Keene http://www.cornerstonecellars.com/2012corallina Alcohol = […]

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USA, Rosé of Syrah, PINK Girl, Napa Valley, Coombsville, California, 2012

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N/ She starts with aromas of clean hay and crushed river rock. Nice acidic raspberry wafts bring the fruit. Some jolly rancher strawberry aromas also play. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Acidic popping and slighlty effervescent – with flavors of strawberries and raspberries.  Red apples and ripe watermelon.  Hint of herbs. Well balanced. Thinner, but […]

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Foppiano Vineyards / Winery & Vineyard Visits / Sonoma Valley, Russian River Valley, California

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I adore Foppiano Vineyards. The wines, the people, the grounds, the vibe. True, real, professional, elegant, delicious. I’ve long been a fan of Natalie West‘s wine crafting, so visiting Foppiano in person had been on my wish list for years. Natalie gave me a fascinating tour around their ample, and gorgeous, grounds and then guided […]

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Winery & Vineyards Visits – Acorn Winery (Alegría Vineyard) in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA

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Highlights The warm and knowledgable Betsy and Bill. True “Field blending” (40-50 different grape types on just 27 acres). Great wines. Excellent and down-to-earth atmosphere and wine making approach. Solid soil and cork learning tools on display in the tasting room. Learning without effort. 40-50 varietals = from A to Z, seriously. Madeline Angevine and […]

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USA, Rose (of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon), Passaggio, Rose Colored Glasses, Sonoma Valley, California, 2011

Production methods of note: Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon were separately fermented in stainless steel tanks and then blended to produce the final wine. N/ Strawberries, red apple skins, and cranberry. Lime zest and freshly pulverized, acid popping, rock dust. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Strawberries and cream. An unexpected glycerol weight for this type of wine, delightfully […]

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