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A Case of La Vie en Rose

Rosés with Character and Individuality
June 11, 2020

Don’t be put off by the low prices for the first two. They over-deliver for their prices.

 

Rose

 

This week’s Rose selection features very well-priced wines that show a lot of character and individuality 

Don’t be put off by the low prices for the first two. They over-deliver for their prices.

 

Villa des Anges, Angels' estate, near France's Mediterranean littoral, makes a rose that is pleasingly crisp and piquant. That comes from its predominant Cinsault grape which is given some breadth and richness with Grenache. It's a charming wine that will enliven your palatewhether as aperitif or with lighter foods.

2019 Villa des Anges Old Vines  Rose; Aroma: rounded fleshy,  full, nicely spicy, rather herbal, ; Mouth: brightly sweet fleshy, , crisp acid, a  ripe rosey flower  note ; Very Good ;10.99; Mixed Case, 9.89; Case, 9.34

In the Dunnigan Hills just east of Napa the Giguiere family makes  Spanish inspired wines under the Tinto Rey Estate label. Their rose, a co-fermented blend of Rioja's Tempranillo, Spain's tangy white Verdejo, and Gascon Tannat  makes for an intriguingly complex panoply of flavors. It is at the same time floral and sturdy and finishes very strongly on the palate.

2019 Tinto Rey Rose; Color: Deep crimson/pink; Aroma: Earthy, nice mineral and flesh; Mouth: Focused, plush fruit. Well-knit mineral and acid mid-palate. Chalky finish; Very Good Plus 14.99; Mixed Case, 13.49; Case, 12.74

 

On the slopes of Mt Etna in Sicily, Terre Nere Etna Rosato come from the Pinot Noir-likeNerello Mascalese grape. The wine is beautifully layered, with rich plum fruit that grows in the glass. Over a  distinctive volcanic minerality this is a crisp and piquant expression of the grape.

2018 Terre Nere Etna Rosato; Color: very pale tan; Aroma: lightly fruity, softly pretty, extraordinarily flowery plum; Mouth: clean acid rich sweet fruit, light in aspect, bright acid rather mineral finish, long; Very Good Plus 19.99; Mixed Case, 17.99; Case, 16.99

 

Ch. Roquefort Côtes de Provence Rose Corail has been our most popular rose for the last few years. Organic and biodynamic, gives a lot of character and body for a very reasonable price. The 2019 is if anything a fuller, richer version than previous years.

2018 Ch. Roquefort Côtes de Provence Rose CorailOrganic, Biodynamic; Aroma: Fresh pretty rounded nicely fleshy & floral; Mouth: Clean bright a nice concentration, nice intensity, rather Broad sweet fruit, a light mineral undertone, finishes broad and deep; Very Good Plus 18.99; Mixed Case, 17.09; Case, 16.14

 

The Sciaccarellu grape has been grown in Corsica for almost a thousand years ago. In its native Tuscany it adds spice and aromatics to Chianti  Organically grown at the modern Clos Fornelli it makes a rose that is aromatic and sturdy at the same time. We loved its food friendly dualism. It wants food from salmon tatare to shellfish with citrus, even white meats

2019 Clos Fornelli Vin de Corse Rose; - Organic, Aroma: rounded , nicely herbal,  clean-edged, full, with a dusty low npte; Mouth: herbal & plummy, juicy nicely full, with an herbal edge, low toned fleshy  a pleasantly bitter finish; Very Good Plus 16.99; Mixed Case, 15.29; Case, 14.44

         The 2019 Negro Lorenzo Roero Rosato has the attractive tasty fruit you want with a completely dry finish. It also has a cool underlying structure with just the right note of spice. All Nebbiolo, it is perfect as an aperitivo and with light meals.

2019 Negro Lorenzo Roero Rosato: Deep pink. Lots of fruit including strawberry, raspberry and cherry. Floral notes and white pepper. Bright dry finish.  Very Good Plus Plus  21; Mixed Case, 18.9; Case, 17.85

 

6-11 Rose Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $176

Downtown 6-11 Rose Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $95

Or deduct 10% for ayy combination of 6 -11 wines

15% for 12 bottles or more

 

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           - Len Rothenberg

 


 

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