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Rosés... Some Things Favorite, Some Things New

Last week we popped open some of our favorite Roses which included Oregon, Spain, France and Italy. We began with the 2016 Castano Monastrell Rosado which showed elements of smoike and earth in a rich fruit format. This was very expressive of the Monastrell character and lots of tasters were impressed with the value.
June 14, 2017

There was impressive value as well in the 2016 Ch. Roquefort Cotes de Provence Corail which showed true Provencal character for a very reasonable price.

The 2016 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosato showed a lot of floral and cherry Etna character and subtle complexity.  We followed this with the 2016 Patton Valley Pinot Noir Rose, which showed nice strawberry fruit and clean acidity.

We followed this with the 2016 Proprieta Sperino Rosa del Rosa. This is mostly Nebbiolo and showed it in the floral and spice character. This would be a great BBQ Rose. Then came the always rich 2016 Castello di Ama Rosato which is primarily Sangiovese. Ama shows a style of Rose that tasters perceive as resembling a light red.

It is not easy to pick favorites from this tasting because different people prefer different styles. These all showed really well for the style they are.

2016 Castano Monastrell Rosado; Aroma: Fresh spicy clean bright juicy; Mouth: Juicy clean herbal underneath very fresh juicy fine acid line, real character true to the grape; Very Good 9.99; Mixed Case, 8.99; Case, 8.49

2016 Ch. Roquefort Cotes de Provence Corail; Organic; Color: coral with a light lavender note; Aroma: fresh  pretty, a subdued piquant spice, rose extract and flint; Mouth: Light lifted  very pretty & graceful fresh and lively, starfruit, goes down very easily, very drinkable, finishes lively and fresh; Very Good Plus 15.99; Mixed Case, 14.39; Case, 13.59

2016 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosato: Bright pink. Vibrant and sophisticated aromas and flavors. Complexity in the finish. Very Good Plus 21; Mixed Case, 18.9; Case, 17.85

2016 Patton Valley Pinot Noir Rose; Aroma: firm heady dense; Mouth: Juicy clean nicely delicate strawberry, firm, fine acidity, long; Very Good Plus 21; Mixed Case, 18.9; Case, 17.85

2016 Proprieta Sperino Rosa del Rosa: Deep pink. Rose petals, dried herbs and deep cherry fruit with fresh crisp minerality Very Good Plus 17.99; Mixed Case, 16.19; Case, 15.29

2016 Castello di Ama Rosato: Cherry pink. Fruit rich strawberry and cherry with notes of olive blossoms and balsam. Fresh lingering acidityVery Good Plus 21.99; Mixed Case, 19.79; Case, 18.60


6-14 Rose Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $184

Instore only 6-14 Rose Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $98


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