WBW #80 – Dry Rosé

Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the importers.

As I mentioned last week, Wine Blogging Wednesday is back! Founded by Lenn almost a decade ago (ha! does that make some of the old-time wine bloggers feel even older?), WBW is a monthly wine event hosted by a different wine blogger every month. I’ve hosted a couple times in the past with great success, and we welcome WBW back after a nearly 2 year hiatus thanks to Tim of WineCast. For WBW #80, which I also think is technically the 9th anniversary of WBW, Tim chose Dry Rosé as the theme and simply asked us to review a dry rosé to review.

Easy peasy as far as I am concerned. Who doesn’t like rosé in the summer?  Here in DC, while we’ve been having an unexpectedly mild August (what’s up with that??), it’s still been plenty warm enough to bust out some rosé to beat the humidity, which is generally killer when you live in a swamp. In the summer.

For this milestone WBW, I chose the 2011 Michel Torino Malbec Rose.  It’s a wine from Wildman Selections, clocks in at 13.5% alcohol by volume, has a Nomacorc closure (which I just learned about when I attended Drink Local Wine this spring), and retails for about $15.

Four takeaways from this wine:

1.) While it has some tannins on the finish, the acidity is there and it is well-balanced.

2.) I enjoyed the dried cherries and herbal notes on this wine.

3.) While we enjoyed this rocking in our Adirondack chairs on the front porch (did I not mention that I turned 70 lately?? 😉 ) I thought it would be great with my signature BBQ ribs.

4.) I’m not sure I’ve ever had a Malbec Rosé before, but I’m intrigued and would definitely try another.

On the nose I got juicy raspberries, dried cherries, and herbal notes. In the mouth I found cherry, raspberry, blackberry, and herbs. Overall, the wine struck me as light, bright, dry, and refreshing with good acidity that made it perfect for a hot day.

Many thanks to Tim for hosting, and, as always, a tip of the hat to our founder Lenn!



Drink With Turkey

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample.

I’m not a big one on “this is a perfect pairing with Thanksgiving” because I don’t really think there is such a thing. But some wines will work better than others and to me I want something on the lighter side with lots of acidity. Not sure about anyone else, but we have a lot of food at Thanksgiving and it’s general some heavy stuff with potatoes, stuffing, etc.  The 2011 The Crusher Rose of Pinot Noir fits my bill for a decent Thanksgiving wine at a great price. It has a real cork closure and retails for around $11.

Four takeaways from this wine:

1.) At times odd wine descriptors jump into my head, like for this wine where I wrote down “pink berries.” What does that even mean?

2.) I liked this wine because you could just smell the acidity on the nose.

3.) Like I said, turkey dinner.

4.) I could also easily picture this as a porch sipper in the summer.

(I seem to have misplaced the pictures of this wine….) On the nose I got pink berries (?), raspberries, watermelon, and white pepper. The crispness and acidity I could smell on the nose made my mouth water. In the mouth I found melon, watermelon, raspberry, strawberry, and more melon. Overall the wine was crisp, acidic, and really quite tasty.


Rose Up Your Day

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery.

Spring. Glorious spring. Long warm days, with cool nights and sipping rose on the porch. Who could ask for more? Well, if you haven’t got some of the 2011 Vin Gris de Cigare Bonny Doon Rose in your glass, then your certainly could ask for more. You should have some. Especially at a price point of about $14 on various online wine shops.  The wine has a screw cap closure and clocks in at 13.5% alcohol by volume.

Four takeaways from this wine:

1.) Pair it with BBQ ribs. The acidity will be a great foil to the sweetness of the BBQ sauce.

2.) My glass on a Saturday afternoon on the porch is perfection.

3.) Screw caps are great for parties.

4.) Randall Graham really hit it out of the park with flavors and balance of acidity and structure with this one.

On the nose I found watermelon, strawberry, raspberry, spice, and red cherry. In the mouth I got strawberry, red cherry, tangerine, watermelon, raspberry, and a bit of pepper.  You can tell just from the nose of the wine that the palate will have great acidity, and without fail, it follows through.

Stepping Up to Rose

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Cornerstone Cellars.

Today turned out to be a gorgeous day in the nation’s capital, so it seemed a perfect time to bust out some Rose. I plucked the 2010 Cornerstone Stepping Stone Corallina Rose from it’s resting place in the basement to join us on the back porch for some afternoon sipping. The Corallina Rose retails for $18, has a real cork closure, clocks in at 13.9% alcohol by volume, and is made from 100% Syrah.

1.) If you like your Rose with acid to spare, this one is for you.

2.) The palate mimicked the nose perfectly in this wine.

3.) The Stepping Stone line from Cornerstone is pumping out some great wines, my fav is the Cabernet Franc.

4.) We just stopped by Cornerstone on our latest Napa trip, look for that post soon.

On the nose and in the mouth I got lime, raspberry, cherry, strawberry and spice. The red fruits smelled delicious coupled with the racy acidity on this Rose. Pair with BBQ this summer for a great treat.


Oops. A Hidden Bottle.

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Cornerstone Cellars.

Sometimes these wily wines escape me in my cellar. Last year Cornerstone Cellars sent me their newly released Stepping Stone line. I thought I had tasted through them all, but sadly I left this lonely little bottle all by itself in the box. The 2009 Stepping Stone Corallina hid from me until the other night. The current vintage is the 2010, which I also just tasted (review shortly). Both of these are excellent choices for these broiling hot summer days we are having here in the DC Metro area. The wine is a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah, clocks in at 13.9% alcohol by volume, the current vintage retails for $10, and has a real cork closure.

I first had to note the great color on this wine. It’s simply vibrant. On the nose I found raspberry, cranberry, and lime. In the mouth, I got the same, with pomegranate and some stone fruit on the finish. The acidity really carried this wine through to the finish line, making it perfect for a summer night.

I liked this one

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample to participate in a Wines of Argentina Taste Live event.

Here’s a wine from this tasting I will recommend wholeheartedly. The 2009 Crios Malbec Rose. I found this wine to be quite interesting, retailing at a good price point, and definitely something I would personally purchase. The Crios clocked in at 13.9% alcohol by volume, had a screw cap closure, and retails for around $12.

The nose of the wine smelled slightly meaty to me (not a bad thing, I promise) and looked like melted watermelon. What an awesome color. On the nose I found berry, cherry, spice, white pepper, and vanilla. In the mouth I got strawberries, ripe cherries, very ripe red fruit, and spice. It was juicy with good acidity and struck me as fantastic for the meltingly hot weather I tasted it in.

An Old Tasting

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample to participate in a Twitter Taste Live Event

Oops. Here’s another set of long lost posts from a Twitter Event I participated in last September I think. A few set of posts from those types of tastings fell through the cracks for me last summer/fall as I generally jot my notes down on paper (the horror!) while doing the tastings and then have to go back and type them into the computer. That involved way too many steps for my tired self this fall and so they fell by the wayside. Never fear, I’m getting them done now! The 2009 Les Griottes Beaujolais Rose was the only Rose in this Beajolais tasting. It clocked in at 13% alcohol by volume, had a plastic cork closure, and retails for about $16.

Apparently I was on a color of the wine kick when I was taking notes last fall as I also noted the lovely salmon color of this wine. On the nose I got strawberry, red cherry, and cranberry. I could almost smell the acidity on the nose. The palate mimed the nose exactly. Overall the wine was light, crisp, and refreshing. My only issue is that I’m not sure I’m willing to pay $16 for a Rose.