Posts Tagged ‘Rose’

What to think about A Proper Pink

February 28, 2016

In the latest episode of the We Like Drinking Podcast (available on iTunes), you may have heard me raving about all these samples of rosé that were sent to me from Bonny Doon Vineyard. These wines are definitely rave-worthy.

So…

As promised, here’s a full review of the wine I tasted on episode #59 of the We Like Drinking Podcast.

Wine Tasted:

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Bonny Doon Vineyard 2015 A Proper Pink

This sample, provided by the winery, is part of Bonny Doon Vineyard’s “A Proper Wine” label. Composed of 69% Tannat and 31% Cabernet Franc this dry, pink wine is $16.

Color: Light cranberry. I know that Bonny Doon Vineyard likes to “play around” with “alternative packaging”. I wonder if they have ever considered juice boxes…

Nose: A lively, citrus-driven aroma. This nose has great notes of orange zest and grapefruits with a hint of river rocks.

Palate: Contrary to what many folks may expect from a pink wine, this effort has a rich mouthfeel. While there is a strong foundation of acidity here, which carries fruits of cherry and orange pith to a medium plus finish, the relatively heavy weight to this wine may leave some to ponder, “What the heck is a proper pink supposed to taste like?”

Score: What is certain is that at $16 a bottle, the thought-provoking nature of this wine is well worth the price of admission. This is the perfect bottle for an unseasonably warm winter’s day. 88 points.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

Be sure to listen to Jeff every week on the We Like Drinking Podcast (available on iTunes), and leave a comment below about your favorite pink wine.

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Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 169: Pink Stones

July 1, 2015

In this episode, Jeff reviews two rosé samples from Cornerstone Cellars

Wines Tasted:

Cornerstone Cellars 2014 Rocks! California Rosé and Cornerstone Cellars 2014 Corallina Napa Valley Rosé

These wines are available for purchase online at CornerstoneCellars.com.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

What’s the most awesomely different rosé you’ve had?  Leave a comment, and let us know.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 167: Brut Rose and a BLAT

June 10, 2015

In honor of his first wine review for WeLikeDrinking.com, Jeff pairs this California Sparkling Wine with a Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, and Tomato Sandwich.

Bon appetit!

Wine Tasted:

Mumm Napa NV Brut Rose and a BLAT

Be sure to check out my complete review of this wine on WeLikeDrinking.com, where I can also be heard as a panelist on the weekly We Like Drinking Podcast (available on iTunes too)!

Stay Rad,

Jeff

What’s your go-to sparkling wine and food pairing?  Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 164: It’s Rose Season

May 15, 2015

In this episode, Jeff takes on this one liter sample of rose.

Wine Tasted:

Cote Mas 2014 Rose Aurore

Stay Rad,

Jeff

What’s your go-to rose this Spring?  Leave a comment, and let us know.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 124: They Gave Me a Ferrari!!!

December 5, 2013

In this episode, Jeff takes this Ferrari for a spin…

Wine Tasted:

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Ferrari NV Rose

Links:

Ferrari NV Rose sample provided by Gregory White PR.

Don’t forget to visit Jeff Eckle’s blog, The Lonely Vine.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

Leave a comment, and let us know about the last, legit, pink, sparkling, Italian wine you had.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 122: Rosé. What do you say?

October 29, 2013

In this episode, Jeff dives in to a nice Rosé.

Wine Tasted:

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Sables d’Azur 2012 Cotes de Provence

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Jeff

What’s your favorite Rosé wine? Leave a comment, and tell us about it.

Rosé and the Grill

April 21, 2013

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?

It’s beautiful here in Northern California.

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It’s the perfect time to break open the ol’ grill.

When you’re grilling, there are a couple different ways to go in terms of wine pairing.

For me, the choice was obvious…

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Stepping Stone 2012 Corallina Syrah Rosé by Cornerstone Cellars

The fine folks at Cornerstone Cellars sent this wine my way as a sample, and I just had to break it open.

This rosé is 100% Napa Valley Syrah.  The block of this Syrah was intended to be used for rosé from the beginning.  In a world where some rosé is treated as an afterthought, this wine was made with intention.  For a wine that saw French oak for 5 months before bottling, this rosé is surprisingly affordable at $20 a bottle.  Considering that it is now available on special at $16 from the winery, this rosé is a steal.

Color: A beautiful salmon pink.

Nose: Citrus of grapefruit and lime, with a fun cherry 7-up minerality on the nose.

Taste: Make no mistake.  This is a dry rosé.  The fruit, however, gives a good perception of sweetness.  Beautiful notes of cherries, raspberries, and cranberries with a little orange zest on the back end.  A nice minerality, and good acidity, gives this wine a fresh balance that completely hides the 14.1% alcohol.

Score: Cornerstone will tell you that this a serious rosé.  I agree.  A solid 88.

Now, onto the food…

 

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Mushroom, Onion, and Bell Pepper Kabobs, Marinated Portobellos, and a New York Strip

Some folks will tell you that this outdoor meal requires a big Cab, or a ripe Zin, but those folks are squares.

This is rosé weather.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

What’s your beverage of choice when you’re manning the grill?  Leave a comment, and let us know.

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Napa in the AM

April 6, 2013

It’s Spring.

One of the many perks about teaching is that Kara and I always get a week off for Spring Break.

One of the many perks about living in the Bay Area is that we are a short drive to some of the greatest wine growing regions in the world.

This past Wednesday, Kara and I decided to drive on up to the Napa Valley to get our taste on.

Now… If you’ve ever been tasting in Napa on the weekends, you know how crowded it can get (both in the tasting rooms, and on the highways). On Saturdays and Sundays, it’s a must to get into Napa by 10:00am (when most wineries open) to beat the rush.

But…

On a lazy Spring Wednesday, it’s really fun to get to Napa early just so you can take your time rolling from one tasting room to the next.

When we first arrived in wine country at 10:00am, we decided to start the day with some sparkles…

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Drinking Bubbles at Domaine Chandon

You know that I’m a fan of Domaine Chandon (What? You didn’t? Click here). Their tasting lounge in Yountville is beautiful and relaxing. I decided to do their Classic Tasting to give you the lowdown on their wines that you should be able to find at a wine shop near you…

The Brut Classic is loaded full of lemon and apple fruits. The Blanc de Noirs (the wine that got me into Domaine Chandon) has some good acid with fruits of cherry and red currants. The Rose was my favorite of the flight. Fruit of red apple with a great minerality. The Extra-Dry Riche had some sweetness of honey and peaches, but was balanced out with herbs of eucalyptus and spearmint.

Not a bad start to the day.

Next, we headed over to the iconic Cabernet Sauvignon producer, Silver Oak in Oakville, where Kara and I were treated to a VIP tour and tasting.

When Kara and I first arrived, we were greeted with a taste of the current release of their Alexander Valley Cabernet…

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Silver Oak 2008 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is the “entry level” wine from Silver Oak. It consists of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from various vineyards throughout the appalachian (including their own). The wine is aged on 50% new and 50% once-used American oak for 24 months before bottling. The wine was then bottle-aged for another 15 months before release. It retails for $70.

Color: Dark ruby red.

Nose: Fruits of raspberry and cranberry with hints of buttered toffee and menthol.

Taste: Fruits of cranberry, raspberry, and red currant are rounded out with notes of leather and menthol.

Score: This wine is big and tasty on the palate. It’s an easy 91+ that should get much better with a few years of aging.

While tasting the wine, we got the opportunity to hang out with their library and large format wines in the big glass display case at the front of the winery…

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Check out these bottles…

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And these ones!

Next, we got a taste of the 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet…

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Silver Oak 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet

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Oh man!

Whereas the Alexander Valley is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend that could be considered Silver Oak’s ode to Bordeaux. The 2008 edition consists of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. It is aged in 100% new American oak for 24 months before another 20 months of bottle aging. This wine runs for $110.

Color: Darker than the AV Cab, but still in the ruby red category.

Nose: Beautiful nose of blueberry (I’m a sucker for blueberries), raspberry, and boysenberry fruits wrapped up in that sweet American oak.

Taste: Fruits of cranberry, blackberry, and blueberry fruits. This wine has some very nice, soft tannins, and a good acidity. It’s beautiful.

Score: You know… When you talk about a wine that rolls in at $110, the first thing you may wonder is whether or not the wine is worth it. This wine is Shakespearean. It’s got an approachability that will please the masses. It’s got the ageability that will turn on the collectors. It’s got the depth that is thought-provoking enough to excite any wine geek. Is it worth it? Yes… Yes it is. 92

While tasting the Napa Valley Cab, we got a chance to check out more of the winery.

If you haven’t been to Silver Oak in a while, things may look different. They had to rebuild the winery after a fire in 2008, but have done a great job of honoring its history. Here’s the memorabilia room…

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They say that this double rainbow over the winery during the rebuild was a signal from late winemaker Justin Meyer that everything was going to be okay.

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The Silver Oak Time Capsule

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An article referring to the 1972 Silver Oak as overpriced at $6 a bottle.

After looking at some of the history of Silver Oak, we got us a taste of the 2008 Twomey Merlot…

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Twomey 2008 Merlot

Twomey is the sister label of Silver Oak. With a slogan like “Life is a Cabernet”, it would be kind of weird to see a Silver Oak Merlot or Pinot Noir. This Twomey Merlot is their ode to the great wines of Pomerol in Bordeaux, France. As such, this wine has been aged on French oak. It costs $50.

Color: Lighter ruby red.

Nose: Blackberry fruit with hints of vanilla and spice.

Taste: Massive blackberry and blueberry fruit, balanced out with a good acidity and herbaceous notes of black tea.

Score: Yes. The Napa Valley Cab is worth it at $110, but the Twomey Merlot at $50 is a steal. 92.

Next, we took a stroll through the winery facilities…

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Fermentation Tanks

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These are barrels of “Growers Lots”. Winemakers will hold on to wines from individual lots to see how these wines age over the years. This helps them predict how certain blends will age over time.

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American Oak Barrels Stacked to the Sky

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This year, Silver Oak is experimenting with barrel size. What I wouldn’t give to aid in this research.

We ended the tour with a taste of one of their older vintages, just to see how well these wines do age…

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Silver Oak 2002 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $100

Color: Nice and dark.

Nose: Dry herbs, tobacco, and menthol.

Taste: I love the way that wines age over time. I love the transition of bright fruits to herbs. That is just what this wine does. There are still some nice juicy plums on the front palate, but they give way to these tasty, earthy tobacco notes.

Score: Just beautiful. 92+

Here’s the thing I love about Silver Oak. In a world where EVERYBODY knows about your wine… and most folks rave about it, they could probably get away with being all stuffy and pretentious…

But…

They are far from it.

When the folks at Silver Oak talk about their winery and their wine, they light up. There is a strong sense of family among their coworkers. That feeling of family rubbed off on us the moment we walked in the door.

Their goal is to make consistently good wine every single year and to share it with the folks they love.

That means you.

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Life is a Cabernet… and some really good Merlot made by a sister label.

Not a bad morning in the Napa Valley.

Not bad at all.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

Be sure to check back next time to see what happens to Jeff and Kara when they check out more of Napa in the PM.

Have you ever had any wines from Domaine Chandon, Silver Oak, or Twomey? What did you think? Leave a comment and let us know.

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Leftovers on a hot day? Kara-gria!

June 20, 2011

Kara and I got back from a quick trip to Capitola Village to a HOT ASS HOUSE.

We didn’t have much left in the fridge, save for a few half full bottles of Rose and Chardonnay and a GANG of PRODUCE!

So…

Kara made a dope Sangria.  Let’s call it a Kara-Gria:

In a large pitcher add:

1/2 a bottle of chilled chardonnay

1/2 a bottle of chilled rose

1 bottle of sparkling apple juice

1/2 cup of gin

1 whole orange… sliced

1 diced nectarine

hella sliced strawberries

Stir that sucka up.

Chill in the fridge.

Enjoy responsibly.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

Everything’s coming up Rosés: A three bottle throwdown.

June 16, 2011

Yesterday, Kara and I did a little tasting at Guglielmo Winery.  I originally went there with the intention of tasting and scoring EVERY wine we tasted.  Things did not go as planned.  The problem was that a tasting room is not an ideal space to score wines.  Too many people.  Too many wines.  Too many distractions.  That, and it’s embarrassing to write down a score in front of people working for the winery you are scoring.

I will say that I had a great time there.  None of their wines felt like must-haves, but Guglielmo is a fun place to be.  All of their wines fall in that 83 – 89 point range for me.  All of the people that work there are more like 92’s.  Great, great folks and a neat place to visit if you are ever visiting the Santa Clara Valley.

The wine that stuck out the most to me was the 2010 Estate Grown Rosatello.  It was an interesting rosé wine made from the grignolino grape (a super nerdy varietal from Italy).  Guglielmo claims to be one of only two wineries in California to grow the grape in any significant quantities.  The wine seemed food-friendly enough, so I purchased a bottle for $16.

I’m not a HUGE rosé drinker, so it is a tough category for me to score (It’s tough to type too.  Alt + 0233 = é).  Part of this blog experience is to try new things.  So how do I transition from a novice into an expert on pink wines?

THE THREE BOTTLE THROWDOWN!

This morning, I picked up two more bottles of Rosé from Trader Joe’s to compare against the Rosatello.  One from the Rioja of Spain ($6.99) and one from the Rhone of France ($4.99).  I know what wines I have purchased, but I will not know which of the three I am drinking until after I take my notes.  I had Kara pour the wines into three different glasses…

The three Rosés were labeled with wine charms: "Red", "White", and "Blue". In the battle between Spain, France, and the USA, I think we all know who should win... or do we?

After I taste the wines, I’ll see which one is which.  Wish me luck…

Wine #1:

"Red": You know what time it is!

Color:  This is the darkest wine of the bunch.  It haa a cool blood-orange type of color.

Nose:  There is a really pretty nose to this one.  Peach skin, oranges, and licorice dominate the nose.  There is a strong minerality that is rounded out with a hint of strawberry.

Taste:  This is what I would expect a Rosé to taste like.  Very dry.  There’s a nice orange and peach fruit to this, but the wine is much more driven by its minerality and acidity.  There is a long rubbery finish that I really like.  My guess is that this is the French Rose.

Wine #2:

"White": More like orange! Heyohhhhhh!!!!!!

Color:  The color is a very dull, very light, orange tint.

Nose:  The nose is very tight.  There are hints of sugar and salt.  There’s a subtle touch of peach.

Taste:  The first second of the taste was salty minerality.  This flavor gave way in an instant to a beautiful mouth full of cream and licorice.  It has some oak notes that remind me of a California red wine.  I really like this!  I’m thinking that this is the Spanish Rose.

Wine #3:

"Blue": The candle is for Evan.

Color:  The color on this wine is almost identical to that of the second (“White”) wine.  Light, dull, and orange.

Nose:  The nose is giving subtle hints of peach and minerals.

Taste:  All I can think of when tasting this wine is the viscosity.  This wine is the thickest of them all.  There’s a light acidity and minerality.  This wine would go well with food, but mostly because it would not get in the way of the food.  I doubt, however, that it would do anything to enhance the food experience.  This wine confused me.  It’s not bad.  It’s pleasant.  It just doesn’t bring much to the table.

Now…

The scores have been tallied, and the I’ve seen what’s what.  Here are the results from worst to first.

In last place…

Marques de Caceres 2009 Dry Rose Wine. Rioja, Spain. This wine made me "Blue".

I originally gave the Marques de Caceres an 85+, but the more I thought about it, the more I disliked it.  Again, it is not bad.  The problem is that for 7 bucks, I can find at least two wines that are significantly better in a similar price range.  Give it an 82 with shrugged shoulders.

In second…

Cellier du Rhone 2009 Cotes du Rhone Rose. "Red" and Rad!

The Cellier du Rhone is a steal at 5 bucks a bottle!  Give it an 86.  This is what I want from a summer time rosé.

And in First Place…

Guglielmo Private Reserve 2010 Estate Grown Rosatello. Santa Clara Valley, California. In spite of the look, this is NOT a crappy "White" zin.

The Guglielmo Rosatello is not your typical rose.  I am, however, in love with the creaminess of this wine.  Give it an 88 and save it for a hot summer afternoon.

So, there you have it.  I don’t know if I’m an expert yet, but I think I learned a lot today.

Take it away, Ethel.

Stay Rad,

Jeff


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