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This Week's Tasting

Well priced French and Italian Roses
June 20, 2018

Peter writes, "Good dry roses come in many different textures, styles and weights. Two of the Rosatos we have from Italy are Tuscan wines made with Sangiovese and the third is from Piedmont and made with Nebbiolo.""

A nice glass of Rose

He continues;

         Good dry roses come in many different textures, styles and weights. Two of the Rosatos we have from Italy are Tuscan wines made with Sangiovese and the third is from Piedmont and made with Nebbiolo.

         The 2017 Dievole Le Due Arbie Rosatois made from old vineyards that the new owner of Dievole bought a couple of years ago. The style is traditional with refreshing balance and a floral note. The 2017 La Spinetta Il Rose di Casanovais made from vineyards close to the northwest coast of Tuscany. With its classic style this wine has become one of the favorite roses on the Boston restaurant scene.

         The 2016 Proprieta Sperino Rosa del Rosais a rosato that actually ages well. Last year I visited the property where owner Luca di Marchi and I tasted four older vintages. All were still very good. Maybe it takes a year in bottle for more of the spicy Nebbiolo character to emerge.


Three French roses: Two are from the south.Henri Bonnaud is a grower in tiny Palette near Aix. His Syrah-based 2017 Steff Rose is his best value, with a refreshing lemony flavor brought by the addition of Vermentino. 

         Thibault Boudignon  is one of the more exciting of newer Loire winemakers . We were struck by the crisp balance of his 2017 Rose de Loire. All Cabernet Franc, it has the crisp flint of the grape nicely countered with rich fruit and a lively acidity. Very Satisfying.

         From Languedoc, the 2017 Ch. Lancyre Pic St. Loup Rose satisfies in a different way.  High altitude vineyards near Provence, make Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault into a wine that is both richly fruited and densely flavored with Provencal herbs. 


2017 Dievole Le Due Arbie Rosato:  Smells like Siena in the springtime with olive blossoms, cherries and strawberries. Very refreshing.  Very Good Plus   16.99/bottle 15.29/mixed case 14.44/case

2017 La Spinetta il Rose di Casanova:  Smells like the Tuscan coast in springtime with notes of herb, strawberry fruit and a touch of bright salinity. Layered and textured finish.   Very Good Plus Plus    18.99/bottle 17.09/mixed case 16.14/case

2016 Proprieta Sperino Rosa del Rosa:   Deep cherry fruit framed by cinnamon and pepper. More serious style showing complexity and energy.   Very Good Plus Plus   17.99/bottle 16.19/mixed case 15.29/case

2017 Henri Bonnaud Steff Rose MediterranneeOrganic; Color; Aroma: ripe fresh round pretty, deeper; Mouth: juicy rather firm, tight acid fleshy, lemon-accented fruit; Very Good12.99; Mixed Case, 11.69; Case, 11.04

2017 Thibault Boudignon Rose de LoireOrganic; Color: medium dark ; Mouth: bright herbal  clean firm, low toned Cabernet franc edge, softened tannins, firm; Very Good Plus21; Mixed Case, 18.9; Case, 17.85

2017 Ch. Lancyre Pic St. Loup Rose; Aroma: fresh rounded & fruity, nicely, well reined in Provencal herbs ; Mouth: juicy rounded, bright herbaceousness in the middle, sweet, rather bright firm, clean acid on the finish; Very Good Plus16.99; Mixed Case, 15.29; Case, 14.44


6-20 Rose Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $179

6-20 Rose Pack: Special, one each of the wines - $95 - may incur delivery charge

Or you can mix

 Any six bottles of the above for a 10% discount

 Any twelve bottles of the above for a 15% discount


Also in stock in limited quantity

Rare Provencal Roses


2016Clos Cibonne Cotes de Provence Grand Cru Roseof Tibouren 

a unique richly flavored Provence rose from the rare Tibouren grape

29.99; Mixed Case, 26.99; Case, 25.49

2017 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose 51; Mixed Case, 45.9; Case, 43.35

2016 Ch. Simone Palette Rose $69 bottles only

among the best we have tasted


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           - Len Rothenberg