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This Week's Tasting

The First Rosés of Spring
April 19, 2017

Four roses new to the store and two tried and true wines will kick off our rosé season.


From Ventoux in the southern Rhone comes Domaine persquie’s. Ventoux is a mountain, with higher, cooler vineyards which make for a racier fresh wine. Domaine Pesquie this year is very striking.

      In contrast the 2015 By.Ott has rounded and fleshed out with a year of age into a nicely fruity wine, that shows its Provencal minerality on the backside.

      The 2016 Marisco Pinot Noir Rose The Ned  shows a pretty Fidelity to its Pinot Grape, but here 30% is of the white Gris variety, adding a lively note to the roundness of the Noir.

      From  Austria the  2016 Iby Blaufrankisch keeps all the rich lushness of its grape, a delightful warm weather quaffer.

      Led by the Cannonau, Grenache, grape the 2016 Argiolas Serralori Rosato has the herbal, fuylly grape sensuality you have come to expect from Sardinia. 

      The 2016 La Spinetta Il Rose di Casanova  is a perennial classic here, Sangiovese at its most delicate and nuanced.


2016 Pesquie Cotes de Ventoux; Aroma: Clean pretty rather fresh lightly herbal floral fresh; Mouth: Clean firm rounded, of a piece, fleshy; Very Good Plus 14.99; Mixed Case, 13.49; Case, 12.74

2015 By.Ott Cotes de Provence; Color: pale salmon tan; Aroma: fresh rounded , lightly mineral, pretty forward, elegant, sour citrus cherry; Mouth: fresh mineral, fruity finely delineated,  broad cherry strawberry, with underlying mineral, finishes crisp; Very Good Plus15.99; Mixed Case, 14.39;  Case, 13.59

2016 Marisco Pinot Noir Rose The Ned; Color: light pinkish, orange; Aroma: crisp, rather flinty, rayher clean, lightly floral, pretty; Mouth: fruity, pretty rich, nice sweet citrus, pretty Pinot a direct acid line, very long sweet acid finish; Very Good Plus 13.99; Mixed Case, 12.59; Case, 11.89

2016 Iby Blaufrankisch Rose; Color: Light; Aroma: Clean fresh light  clean herbal; Mouth: Juicy very fresh clean bright sweet and lively; Very Good Plus 15.99; Mixed Case, 14.39; Case, 13.59

2016 Argiolas Serralori Rosato   16.99; Mixed Case, 15.29; Case, 14.44

2016 La Spinetta Il Rose di Casanova:  Salmon pink with light orange reflections. Flavors and aromas of ripe peach, flowers , spice and chalky minerality. Flavorful, crisp and clean.  Very Good to Excellent  18.99; Mixed Case, 17.09; Case, 16.14


4-18 Rose Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $166

Instore only 4-18 Rose Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $88


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           - Len Rothenberg


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