A Rose for a Rosy Day

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for the brand.

I was 100% positive that I had written about a previous vintage of this wine. Apparently not, but I do know I have tasted it and enjoyed it before. Perhaps I thought I wrote about it, but never actually go to making my notes into a post and putting it up. That seems most likely. In any event, today in the 85 degree weather we opened the 2013 Jean-Luc Colombo Cape Bleue Rose. The wine had a Diam closure, clocked in at 12.5% alcohol by volume, is a blend of 67% Syrah and 33% Mourvedre, and retails for under $10 a bottle.

1.) The first word that comes to mind when I see and taste this wine is “pretty.”

2.) You really can’t beat the sub-$10 price tag for this wine. Stock up for all the dog days of summer that are most definitely ahead.

3.) We had this with rainbow trout on the grill for dinner. I tend to baste my trout in a lemon/mayo/salt/pepper/etc. blend and the acid in the Jean-Luc cut through nicely.

4.) Sitting in the sun and soaking up the 85 degree day was definitely the right choice for this wine.

On the nose I got raspberry, cranberry, other red fruit, and lime zest. In the mouth I found raspberry, cherry, lime, and raspberry jello. Overall I found the wine to be tart and refreshing with good acidity.



Spring into Spring

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks associated with Rueda.

Even though our weather has continued to be fairly terrible, I’m pretending it’s spring and being drawn heavily to the white wines. I went digging in the basement and came back out with the 2012 Yllera Verdejo.  I’m a Verdejo fan as an alternate white wine. I generally find it refreshing and tasty. The Yllera retails for around $14 and has a real cork closure. The bottle got recycled before I could write down the alcohol content.

Four takeaways from this wine:

1.) I was almost expecting this wine to be on the sweeter side based on the nose.

2.) Pass me a glass to enjoy in the sun on the porch please.

3.) I’d serve this with grilled trout.

4.) The Yllera would be an easy summer crowd pleaser at the price point of $14.

On the nose I got lemon grass, tangerine, melon, flowers, and an overall sweet aroma. In the mouth I found oranges, lime, and melon.  The wine was surprisingly tart to me based on the sweet nose. Overall I found it quite citrusy and refreshing.