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Ros├ęs of Different Hues
July 13, 2022

Last week's good rose calls for another six. This week's cover a range of tints, flavors, and weights, from the lighter for sipping at the beach or backyard to richer versions good for food when it's too hot for red.

 

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Wednesday, July 13, 5 - 6:30

Roses of Different Hues

 


 

Rose in glass

 

Last week's good rose calls for another six. This week's cover a range of tints, flavors, and weights, from the lighter for sipping at the beach or backyard to richer versions good for food when it's too hot for red.

The 2021 Penya Rose is from Languedoc and is a nicely rich and crisp blend of Grenache and Syrah with excellent quality for its price.

Copain's 2021 Pinot Noir Rose is as good as its vaunted red. Bright and sprightly, it has presence and an herbal edge that flaunts its Mendocino origins.

Sancerre's Paul Thomas estate made an elegant pinot rose, softly sculpted, pretty, classic Loire pinot noir.

St Roseline is one of only eighteen classed growth estates in Provence. Its best cuvee is its distinctively bottled Medusa lamp. Grenache gives the blend richness and depth; Cinsault breed. It is extraordinary in the pantheon of Provence rose.

Robert Foley's Rose has finally arrived after a long wait. It is worth it. Substantial and herbal, a blend of Merlot, Cabernet, and Pinot Noir, it has both breadth and lift. Its intriguing complexity makes it a good companion to even steak or barbecue.

Provence's other principal Rose, Bandol, is imposing with the richness and spice of the Mourvedre grape. The 2020 Pibarnon has an angular structure that nicely frames generous fruit and herbal spice. It, too, is intriguingly complex and stands above many others in the region.

 

2021 Penya Grenache-Syrah; Color: Light; Aroma: light clean, fresh and fine, fine, light pretty; Mouth: light clean, fresh, nicely herbal, juicy, fresh long; Very Good 12.99; Case, 10.99

2021 Copain Rose of Pinot Noir; Aroma: fresh, dusty, clean, firm, refined acid; Mouth: bright, clean, fresh, bright, with a mineral aftertaste; Very Good Plus 19.99;; Case, 16.99

2020 Paul Thomas Sancerre Rose Chavignol; Aroma: delicate, floral pinot; Mouth: softly spicy acid creamy, pretty sweet fruit. a light, crisp edge on the finish, appetizing; Very Good Plus 34; Case, 28.99

2021 Ste. Roseline Cotes de Provence Lampe de Meduse; Color: pale orange; Aroma: reserved, deeper pale heady; Mouth: vary intense and rich full and fat fine acidity, very powerful, delicate and rich at the same time; Very Good - Excellent 24.99; Case, 20.99

2021 Robert Foley Hawksbill Rose; Color: Very pale pink; Aroma: Fresh lilting clean acid, light touch of Meyer lemon; Mouth: Clean, dry solid center dry very nice breadth, fine aid, nice length; Very Good Plus 29.99; Case, 24.99

2020 Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol Rose; Aroma: lighter spicy, full, heady and firm, intriguing savory edge; Mouth: rich rather full, a touch fat, relieved by nice acidity, rather long; Very Good - Excellent 42; Case, 35.99

 

July Rose Case two bottles each of the above $279

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Mix any twelve bottles or more at their case discount prices

 

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