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Rosé of Different Hues

Exploring the complexity of the many nuances of rosé, a delightful hot weather pastime.
July 13, 2022


A year more in the bottle made Ch. Pibarnon Rose was even better than my notes last week. It had gained structure and complexity. The most imposing rose of the tasting, it was more like a lighter red Bandol. Drink this with meat when it is too hot for red. It will easily develop another two or three years

Robert Foley's Hawksbill Rose is another rose for food. It showed rich on the palate with good weight and a panoply of different fruit notes. It was rich to the touch and very satisfying.

The 2021 Paul Thomas Sancerre Pinot Noir Rose opened funky and closed, But with air later in the tasting with air, it came into its own and became many people's favorite, with fruit so rich and ripe that some thought it a bit sweet.

The Copain Pinot Noir showed bright and lively right from the gate. It was several early tasters' favorite.

Although not lacking in fruit, the St Roseline was the most delicate and angular of the group. It was somewhat obscured by the fullness or vibrancy of the other wines. Some found it much to their taste.

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, full, very nice structure, relieved by nice acidity,  long; - Excellent 42; Case, 35.99


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