#DrinkPink Rosé of the Week; 2012 Prieuré de Montézargues Tavel Rosé

It’s April and for me that means, it’s the unofficial opening of Rosé season (truth be told it’s Rosé season for me pretty much year-round)!  With that in mind, I’m cranking up my annual series of weekly “Drink Pink!“ Rosé tastings.  It’s my quest for the best Pink Porch Pounders $20 or less!  This week’s Rosé is the 2012 Prieuré de Montézargues Tavel Rosé.

The Winery

Prieuré de Montézargues, located near the village of Tavel in the eponymous  AOC, has a rich history dating back to ancient Roman times.  It is sheltered by a forest of oaks, Scots pine and hundred year-old strawberry trees, while also being protected from the strong, cold and northwesterly wind  that blows through Southern France, known as the Mistral, by the Montagne Noire (“Black Mountain”).  Grapes in the 33 hectare vineyard are planted on sandy slopes that run down to Pujaut Pond. Eight grape varieties flourish in the Provencal sunshine: Grenache Noir, and Grenache Blanc, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Clairette and Bourboulenc  It is owned by the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate Château La Nerthel.

The Tavel AOC is across the Rhône River from Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC, and is unique in its specialization of dry Rosé wine.  It’s been my experience that the Rosés from Travel tend to be a bit more robust than its many of its other French cousins.

The Wine

First, I want to dispel a myth about Rosé.  I can’t tell you how many times, I’ve heard that a Rosé must be consumed within a year of vintage.  That’s simply not true for a quality Rosé such as this.  Granted they’re not intended to lay down for years.  On the other hand, you’ll find it will still represent itself well within a year or two of the vintage date.

This one is a blend of 55% Grenache Noir and Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 13% Clairette, and 2% Other (Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Bourboulenc).

2012 Prieuré de Montézargues Tavel Rosé

2012 Prieuré de Montézargues Tavel Rosé

My tasting notes follow:

Light red color with fruity cherry, strawberry, and a hint of Herbes de Provence aromas. On the palate it’s pleasingly medium-bodied, with solid acidity.  It shows ample red fruits on entry, but is drier on the back palate with cherry, and peach flavors underscored by an appealing minerality.  Medium finish.13.5% alcohol.   Imported by Pasternak Wines. 5,800 cases produced;  Retail – $18

Rating:  B+:  I have to admit I prefer my Rosé a bit drier, but this is a great example of a more robust fruit forward style of Rosé and it’s just damned tasty!

Pair with: Since this wine is a bit more robust, consider pairing with Salad Nicoise, Chicken Teriyaki, grilled poultry, pulled pork sandwiches, or moderately spicy curry dishes.

Sample purchased for review 

Ratings Key:

(A+) – 98-100/Extraordinary
(A) – 94-97/Outstanding
(A-) – 90-93/Excellent
(B+) – 86-89/Very good
(B) – 80-85/Good
(C) – 70-79/Bleh
(D) – 50-69/#Fail
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Martin Redmond is a Financial Executive by day, and a certified wine geek with latent foodie tendencies the rest of the time. In addition to the wine lifestyle and food he enjoys family, fitness and traveling. He likes to get thoughts of wine off his mind by sharing experiences on his ENOFYLZ Wine blog, which features wine reviews, wine country travel, and wine and food pairings.

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#DrinkPink Rosé of the Week: 2012 Domaine de la Mordorée Rosé La Dame Rousse

Yes, it’s still that time of year… Yes, it’s Rosé season (which is year-round in my book; granted most folks don’t see it that way)!. With that in mind, I’ve embarked upon a series of weekly “Drink Pink!“ Rosé tastings.  This week’s Rosé is the 2012 Domaine de la Modorée La Dame Rousse Tavel Rosé.

The Winery

Domaine de la Mordorée is a relatively new winery in Chateauneuf-de-Pape.  It was founded in 1986 by brothers Fabrice and Christophe Delorme with a total of 5 hectares of vines.  By 1989, the industrious brothers had expanded the holdings of Domaine de la Mordoree to 60 hectares located in 8 different regions in the Southern Rhone valley.  The Domaine is ideally located at the crossroads of Provence and Languedoc. And they have a reputation for producing some great wine from their vineyard across the Rhone Valley including Châteauneuf du Pape, Lirac, andTavel.  The winery takes its name from a wild game bird, known as a woodcock, hence the logo on the wine bottle’s label.

Christophe Delorme’s objective as a winemaker is to be unintrusive and maintain total respect for his terroir and the fruit it produces. His dream is to achieve a perfect balance between concentration, terroir and flavors. Delorme seems to be moving in the direction of biodynamic farming. He represents the best of an enlightened approach to winemaking that has one foot in the traditions of the past and one in the future.
- Robert Parker, The World’s Greatest Wine Estates

Domaine de la Mordoree practices sustainable, organic farming of their vineyards in all their locations including Chateauneuf du Pape, Lirac, Tavel and Cotes du Rhone. They are working on earning the rights to be certified agriculture biologique. They have old vines. On their property in the rocky terroir of La Crau, their plantings are over 100 years of age.  The wines are aged in a combination of enamel coated, temperature, stainless steel tanks and small oak barrels.

 The Wine

Sad, but true, this was only my second rosé from France this summer (the other was from Provence)!  Candidly, with the popularity of dry rosé on the rise, I’m finding Cali producers have upped their game.  On top of that,  2012 was a great vintage, and I think that’s manifest in the across the board quality of California rosés  I’ve enjoyed this Summer!

Having said that, one the whole, no one does rosé better than the French.  The two most renowned areas for rosé production in France are Provence and Tavel.

This wine is from Tavel, an appellation in the southern Rhone Valley that specializes in dry rosé wines.  Tavel is a little pocket in the Côtes du Rhône about 20 minutes northeast of the city of Avignon.  Tavel has a reputation for producing rosé that is fruity and fun, As opposed to Provence (in particular Bandol) which has a reputation for producing more serious rosé.

The vineyards that produced this wine average 40 years in age.  The grapes are hand-harvested.  It is a blend of 60% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Bourboulenc, 5% Clairette. 14.5% abv.  SRP is $25

2012 Domaine de la Mordorée Rosé La Dame Rousse

2012 Domaine de la Mordorée Rosé La Dame Rousse

My tasting note follows:

Strawberry red color with a wonderful orange hue with fresh wild strawberry, cherry citrus, and a hint of fresh herbs aromas. On the palate, it medium-full bodied and sophisticated with a creamy mouth feel, lively acidity, and intense strawberry, cherry spice and blood orange flavors. Long spicy finish. 

Rating:  A-This wine manages to walk the line between serious and “fun” just fine!

Pair with: This is an ideal picnic wine.  It’s a great partner for food, and has the body to go with a variety of foods.  Pair with grilled meat, deli sandwiches, light pasta dishes, pizza.  For a real treat pair with Consommé of mussels and prawns in Tavel Sauce.

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Sample purchased for review 

Ratings Key:

(A+) – 98-100/Extraordinary
(A) – 94-97/Outstanding
(A-) – 90-93/Excellent
(B+) – 86-89/Very good
(B) – 80-85/Good
(C) – 70-79/Bleh
(D) – 50-69/#Fail

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#DrinkPink Rosé of the Week: 2012 Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé

It’s that time of year… Yes, it’s Rosé season!. With that in mind, I’ve embarked upon a series of weekly “Drink Pink!“ Rosé tastings.  This week’s Rosé is the 2012 Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé.

The Winery 

Château Miraval, whose history dates back to the 14th Century is mostly known these days as the summer residence of Angelina Jolie and Brad PItt .  Prior to Brangelina’s purchase, Chateau Miraval was best known for its outstanding rosé called “Pink Floyd.” an Internationally applauded Rosé renown for its light, flinty and quite unique flavors,

The estate, which consists of 500 hectares in the heart of Provence, is cultivated 100% organically, In fact, Chateau Miraval is located in Correns, the first organic village in France.

The Wine

2012 was the first Chateau Miraval vintage stamped by the Hollywood couple, in a joint venture with established vintner Marc Perrin, of the Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel.  The back label reads “bottled by Jolie-Pitt and Perrin.”  The first 6,000-bottle run sold out within five hours.  Ultimately, 15,000 cases of this blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Rolle (Vermentino) were imported.

The packaging is certainly upscale. The wine is basically in a Champagne bottle.  A nuisance for your wine rack for sure, but appealing nonetheless.  

2012 Miraval Rose

2012 Miraval Rose

My tasting notes follow:

Watermelon pink color with a hint of copper hues and fresh strawberry, dried rose, and wet stone aromas. On the palate, it’s fresh and approaching medium-bodied with strawberry, watermelon and hints of stone fruit flavors. Moderately complex. 13% alcohol SRP-$24  >Find this wine<

Rating:  B+: Bravo…Seriously good Rosé that lives up to the Provençal tradition for fine pink wines!

Pair with: This wine has the stuff to work well as both an aperitif and with food.  Pair with a Green Salad with Strawberries and Goat Cheese, tuna tartare, or a Niçoise salad.

Sample purchased for review 

Ratings Key:

(A+) – 98-100/Extraordinary
(A) – 94-97/Outstanding
(A-) – 90-93/Excellent
(B+) – 86-89/Very good
(B) – 80-85/Good
(C) – 70-79/Bleh
(D) – 50-69/#Fail

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#DrinkPink Rosé of the Week; 2012 Margerum Riviera Rose

It’s that time of year… Yes, it’s Rosé season!. With that in mind, I’ve embarked upon a series of weekly “Drink Pink!“ Rosé tastings.  This week’s Rosé is the 2012 Margerum Riviera Rose.

The Winery

The Margerum Wine Company is Santa Barbara County based winery owned by Doug Margerum.  The winery currently produces three primary wines: a Sauvignon Blanc called Sybarite, a Syrah called Über, and a Rhone blend called M5. They also produce a variety  of single vineyard wines from Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache, & Syrah, a distinctive Pinot Gris “Klickitat” from their own vineyard in Washington State, along with small lots of Chenin Blanc, Riesling, & this Rosé.

I discovered the winery when I attended the 2013 Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting. This Rosé was one of my top rated wines (for a complete list of my top rated Rosé from the tasting click here).

The Wine

The 2012 Margerum Riviera Rose is composed of Grenache gently pressed and blended with saigneé of Grenache, Counoise, and Cinsault.   Some red barrel aged Grenache (3%) was added to the blend to give color, light tannins, and weight.

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My tasting notes follow:

Salmon pink color with appealing aromatic red berry, melon, and stone fruit aromas. On the palate, it’s light-bodied, fairly dry, fresh, and elegant with raspberry, strawberry, melon and spice flavors. Creamy mouthfeel.  Medium-long finish.

Rating:  A- This is a distinguished Rosé I highly recommend!

Pair with: I enjoyed with Fish tacos and Tostada Shrimp Ceviche!

Sample purchased for review 

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Ratings Key:

(A+) – 98-100/Extraordinary
(A) – 94-97/Outstanding
(A-) – 90-93/Excellent
(B+) – 86-89/Very good
(B) – 80-85/Good
(C) – 70-79/Bleh
(D) – 50-69/#Fail

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#DrinkPink! Rosé of the Week; 2012 Tablas Creek Vineyard Dianthus

It’s that time of year… Yes, it’s Rosé season!. With that in mind, I’ve embarked upon a series of weekly “Drink Pink!“ Rosé tastings.  This week’s Rosé is the 2012 Tablas Creek Vineyard Dianthus.

The Winery

Tablas Creek Vineyard (“TCV”) is probably the best-known of all Paso Robles wineries specializing in Rhone style wines.  It is a partnership between Robert Haas, and the Perrin Family of Chateau de Beaucastel in the Chateauneuf du Pape region in FranceWhat I find interesting about TCV is that they specifically chose to establish themselves in Paso Robles because of the similarities of the soil conditions and climate of Paso Robles to Chateauneuf du Pape.  They went as far as to import vines from Chateauneuf du Pape.  The vines were propagated and grafted in their on-site nursery and used to plant their 120 acre organic vineyard.  Check the full story here.

 The Wine

Tablas Creek (“TCV”) is no newcomer to Rosé.  Unlike many relative newcomers who have hopped aboard the dry Rosé bandwagon as of late, TCV has been producing a Rosé since 1999. And that’s no surprise given their association with Chateau de Beaucastel in the Southern Rhone region in France.

Dianthus is a new name our estate rosé — in former vintages called simply Rosé — and refers to a genus of flowering plants known for their deep pink blossoms and known colloquially as “pinks”.

What is new for 2012 is that TCV decided to produce two Rosés.  This wine, Dianthus, is dominated by Mourvedre( 60% Mourvedre, 25% Grenache, 15% Counoise.  Whereas, the Patelin de Tablas Rose (see related post below) is predominately Grenache.

The fruit for this wine sourced the oldest section of French-sourced vines on their 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard. The grapes were harvested and co-fermented together on skins in stainless steel. After 48 hours, about 800 gallons of juice was bled off, and fermented dry away from the skins. Those lots were further supplemented with saignées (bleedings) from other Mourvèdre and Grenache lots in the cellar.

As an aside, I tasted this wine at the Rhone Ranger San Francisco tasting back in March and it’s evolved nicely. It’s more aromatic now.

Drink Pink! Rosé of the Week; 2012 Tablas Creek Vineyards Dianthus

2012 TCV Dianthus

My tasting notes follow:

Cranberry red color with red berry,watermelon and dried rose aromas. Slow legs On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, balanced and dry with medium-acidity, and strawberry, cherry, red plum, spiced watermelon, and mineral flavors. Medium-long finish. 14.5% alcohol| SRP- $27| 1,200 cases produced

Rating:  A-:   The deeper color of the wine portends a richer, more full-bodied experience that most Rosé wines. Score!

Pair with: This Rosé is more full-bodied than most. That’s a beautiful thing is my book.  I love Rosé, and it’s great to have one on that will pair with the “weight” of heavier foods. Not all summer fare is lightweight, and remember Rosé is a wonderful wine at the table year-round (I could easily seen this pairing well with a Thanksgiving meal).  For summertime,  a Grilled Ahi Tuna Salad, or Paella comes to mind!

Sample purchased for review 

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Ratings Key:

(A+) – 98-100/Extraordinary
(A) – 94-97/Outstanding
(A-) – 90-93/Excellent
(B+) – 86-89/Very good
(B) – 80-85/Good
(C) – 70-79/Bleh
(D) – 50-69/#Fail

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Drink Pink! Rosé of the Week: 2012 Quivira Grenache Rosé

It’s that time of year… Yes, it’s Rosé season!. With that in mind, I’ve embarked upon a   series of weekly “Drink Pink!“ Rosé tastings.  This week’s Rosé is the 2012 Quivira Grenache Rosé Dry Creek Valley.

The Winery

Quivira Vineyards and Winery, located in Healdsburg, CA specializes in Zinfandel, Sauvignon, and Rhône varietals.  The Quivira estate is composed of four distinct vineyards in the Dry Creek AVA - Wine Creek Ranch, Goat Trek Vineyard, Katz/Absner Ranch, and Anderson Ranch – a total of 93 acres of vineyards.

In the 16th to 18th centuries, the area we know as Sonoma County appeared on European maps as a mythical kingdom called “Quivira” whose streets were said to be paved with gold. Today, the region’s “gold” is the acres of grapevines that thrive there.

Quivira has been Demeter certified Biodynamic® and organic winery since 2005!  In addition to their vineyards, the estate consists of lush biodynamically and organically farmed gardens, a pond, greenhouse, chicken coop and a solar electric system which has supplies all of their electricity.  Produce from the garden is supplies local markets with fresh produce.  Additionally, Quivira offers estate-grown and estate-bottle olive oil and estate honey in their tasting room.

My most recent visit was during Passport to Dry Creek Valley this past April.  We always make it a point to visit Quivira because we love their wines, the tasting experience and checking out the gardens.

The Wine 

By all accounts, 2012 was a vintage to remember. A near perfect growing season left winemakers with a rare combination of bountiful yields and beautiful fruit. The 2012 rosè offers the first glimpse of just what that means in the bottle. A good harvest meant they could be particularly selective, sourcing the fruit entirely from their organic and biodynamically-farmed vineyards and picking at lower sugar levels (21 to 23 Brix) to keep the alcohol level low and the flavors balanced.  The wine is a blend of 51% Grenache, 32% Syrah, and 17% Mourvedre that underwent sur lie aging in both stainless steel and neutral French oak barrels.

Quivira 2012 Rose 2

My tasting notes follow:

Light red color with grapefruit, strawberry, and watermelon aromas. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, and dry with crisp acidity, and a wonderfully supple mouthfeel. It shows strawberry, watermelon, citrus, and mineral flavors. Medium long finish.  13.5% alcohol | 602 cases produced| SRP-$19

Rating:  A- This is the third consecutive year I’ve purchased a Rosé from Quivira and it seems to get better each year! Definitely a Top 10 under $20 Rosé contender!

Pair with: A versatile, full-bodied rosè that could stand up to spicy, ethnic fare or smoked meats, but is perfectly suited for its familiar role as an aperitif. Try it with Grilled Salmon with Cucumber Dill Sauce.

Sample purchased for review 

Ratings Key:

(A+) – 98-100/Extraordinary
(A) – 94-97/Outstanding
(A-) – 90-93/Excellent
(B+) – 86-89/Very good
(B) – 80-85/Good
(C) – 70-79/Bleh
(D) – 50-69/#Fail

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Drink Pink! Rosé of the Week; 2012 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rosé

It’s that time of year… Yes, it’s Rosé season!. With that in mind, I’ve embarked upon a   series of weekly “Drink Pink!“ Rosé tastings.  This week’s Rosé is the 2012 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rosé.

The Winery

Tablas Creek Vineyard (“TCV”) is probably the best-known of all Paso Robles wineries specializing in Rhone style wines.  It is a partnership between Robert Haas, and the Perrin Family of Chateau de Beaucastel in the Chateauneuf du Pape region in FranceWhat I find interesting about TCV is that they specifically chose to establish themselves in Paso Robles because of the similarities of the soil conditions and climate of Paso Robles to Chateauneuf du Pape.  They went as far as to import vines from Chateauneuf du Pape.  The vines were propagated and grafted in their on-site nursery and used to plant their 120 acre organic vineyard.  Check the full story here.

 The Wine

Tablas Creek (“TCV”) is no newcomer to Rosé.  Unlike many relative newcomers who have hopped aboard the dry Rosé bandwagon as of late, TCV has been producing a Rosé since 1999. And that’s no surprise given their association with Chateau de Beaucastel in the Southern Rhone region in France.

Like most rosé wines from the Rhône Valley, it is based on the bright strawberry fruit and fresh acidity of Grenache, with additions of darker fruit, structure and spice from Mourvèdre and Counoise.

What is new for 2012 is that TCV decided to produce two Rosés.  This bottling was added to their excellent value-oriented Patelin de Tablas line, which also also includes the Patelin de Tablas Blanc, based on Grenache Blanc, and Patelin de Tablas, based on Syrah.

The other Rosé is 2012 Dianthus.  While this Rosé is dominated by Grenache, the Dianthus is dominated by Mourvedre.  I’m looking forward to giving that one a try too!

Drink Pink...2012 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rosé

2012 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rosé

My tasting notes follow:

Copper pink color with enticing strawberry, stone-fruit,and spice aromas. On the palate, it’s between light and medium-bodied, and fresh. It’s dry on entry, but closer to off-dry on the back palate with strawberry, watermelon, spice and mineral flavors. Medium + finish. Blend of 75% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 5% Counoise. 14% Alcohol | $20 SRP| 1250 cases produced

Rating:  B+

This is a charming Rosé that is incredibly flexible partner at the table.  Unlike many Rosés, which are great with salads or lighter fare, this one can stand up to heartier fare. TCV recommends it with Crisp Crab Risotto.  Sounds like a winner to me!

Sample purchased for review 

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Ratings Key:

(A+) – 98-100/Extraordinary
(A) – 94-97/Outstanding
(A-) – 90-93/Excellent
(B+) – 86-89/Very good
(B) – 80-85/Good
(C) – 70-79/Bleh
(D) – 50-69/#Fail

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Drink Pink….Rosé of the Week: 2012 Broc Cellars Santa Ynez Valley Rosé

It’s that time of year… Yes, it’s Rosé season!. With that in mind, I’ve embarked upon a   series of weekly “Drink Pink!“ Rosé tastings.  This week’s Rosé is the 2012 Broc Cellars Santa Ynez Valley Rosé.

Broc Cellars is an urban winery located in Berkeley, California.  The proprietor is Chris Brockway, who grew up on Omaha and attended the University of Nebraska where he majored in Philosophy.  After college, he worked in restaurants back home before moving to Seattle, Washington. That’s where he began to take an interest in wine. He decided to move to California to pursue a career in winemaking.  He took classes at UC Davis,  but transitioned to  Cal State Fresno where he  studied both winemaking and viticulture and earned his second degree in oenology in 2002.  Brockway was named the SF Chronicle’s Winemaker to Watch in 2012.

We are a ‘low wattage’ winery in the sense that we have very little modern equipment. Grapes are pitchforked whole-cluster into the fermenters, fermentation is allowed to happen spontaneously, all wines are basket pressed, with little/no sulphur used in our wines until bottling. True asphalt winemaking, in an urban winery.

Broc Cellars is a small operation (~2,000 cases/yr) located in a small “hole in the wall” facility west Berkeley.  Brockway is focused on using minimal-intervention techniques for his wines.  The wines are low-alcohol, high acid, low/integrated oak fermented on native yeasts.

I had the pleasure of visiting the winery a couple of months ago, and came away impressed by the wines.  I picked up this bottle of wine, and a few others including another Rosé of Zinfandel that I’ll be featuring in the coming weeks.

Broc Cellars Santa Ynez Valley Rose

My tasting notes follow:

Pale salmon color with wild strawberry, peach and a kiss of spice. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, dry and fresh with an appealing supple mouthfeel. It shows strawberry, watermelon, white peach, spice and mineral flavors. Medium-long finish. Great rose! 50% Counoise/50% Cinsault 12% alcohol

 

Rating:  A-

This is an excellent Rosé.  And at $18, the price right.  Highly recommended!  

Sample purchased for review 

Ratings Key:

(A+) – 98-100/Extraordinary
(A) – 94-97/Outstanding
(A-) – 90-93/Excellent
(B+) – 86-89/Very good
(B) – 80-85/Good
(C) – 70-79/Bleh
(D) – 50-69/#Fail

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Drink Pink….Rosé of the Week: 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Stepping Stone Corallina Rosé

It’s that time of year… Yes, it’s Rosé season!. With that in mind, I’ve embarked upon a   series of weekly “Drink Pink!“ Rosé tastings.  This week’s Rosé is the 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Stepping Stone Corallina Rosé.

Cornerstone Cellars was founded in 1991 by Drs. Michael Dragutsky and David Sloas. Their first crush was five tons of Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Today the founders of Cornerstone Cellars and have been joined by Managing Partner Craig Camp, Winemaker Jeff Keene, in the Napa Valley, and a group of Memphis based partners led by Hal Lewis and John Carrier. In addition to the Cornerstone label, their second label is Stepping Stone.  The Stepping Stone wines are intended to be accessible sooner.

All the wines share one goal: to make compelling, exciting wines that speak clearly of the vineyard, variety and vintage from which they are born.

This rosé from Stepping Stone by Cornerstone was conceived as a Rosé from the beginning. It is made entirely from a single block of Syrah vines sourced from the West side of the Oak Knoll  District AVA in Napa Valley.  The fruit was whole-cluster pressed to maintain the fruit’s aroma and flavor profile.  It was aged for 5 months in mature French oak.

We confess to being rosé snobs. Corallina Syrah Rosé is a real rosé. That means it’s not the leftovers of someone trying to beef up their red wine….Single vineyard Napa Valley syrah, fermented bone-dry and aged in oak for almost six months is a statement. We’re serious about rosé.”

Cornerstone has tasting rooms in Yountville in Napa Valley and in Gaston, Oregon.  I must confess I’ve not had the pleasure of stopping by to do some tasting, but after tasting this wine, I’m looking forward to visiting next time I’m in Napa!

Drink Pink....Rosé of the Week: 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Stepping Stone Corallina Rosé

2012 Cornerstone Cellars Stepping Stone Corallina Rosé

My tasting notes follow:

Copper color with aromatic with creamy strawberry, citrus and a hint of floral aromas. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, with medium acidity, a great mouthfeel, with wild strawberry, citrus rind, and a kiss of cranberry and mineral flavors. Medium-long finish. 14.1% alcohol.

Rating:  A-

I really enjoyed this wine.  I especially appreciate the fact that it’s medium-bodied. That, along with it’s acidity make it very versatile at the table.  Unlike many Rosés, which are great with salads or lighter fare, this one can stand up to heartier fare.  It’s currently on sale for $16 through May 31 (SRP-$20), which is a great deal. Highly recommended!  

Sample provided for review by Cornerstone Cellars

Ratings Key:
(A+) – 98-100/Extraordinary
(A) – 94-97/Outstanding
(A-) – 90-93/Excellent
(B+) – 86-89/Very good
(B) – 80-85/Good
(C) – 70-79/Bleh
(D) – 50-69/#Fail

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Drink Pink…Rosé of the Week! 2012 Bedrock Ode to Lulu Rosé

It’s that time of year… Yes, it’s rosé season!. With that in mind, I’m starting a weekly series of  I rosé tastings.  My first wine in my “Drink Pink” series is the 2012 Bedrock Wine Company Ode to Lulu Rosé.

I adore rosé wines, at least the type of dry rosés that undergoing a resurgence these days.  Why? Rosés (in particular dry rosé) combine the best of white and red wines, while maintaining their own unique charm. They possess the crisp acidity, delicacy and freshness of white wines, and the flavors, and often the body of red wines.

Rosés are diverse bunch, produced from a wide range of grapes, in various styles ranging from simple quaffable wines to complex gems in a wide palette of colors. And they’re among the best wines at the table.  They,of course, pair well with warm weather fare like salads, and light dishes. But they’re also great picnic wines and barbecue wines. In fact, I  rosé don’t relegate these babies to warm weather months. Because of their versatility they’re wonderful year-round!

There’s never been a better time to be a fan of dry rosé.  There are a multitude of choices in the market place.  I’ll share with you my experiences as I search for the best rosés, and the best values.

Bedrock Wine Co. is an “itsy-bitsy winery making wine in a converted chicken coop”. Though recently Morgan Twain-Peterson, the winemaker/owner of Bedrock Wine Co. announced some big changes including building a new winery, and hiring of close friend, Chris Cottrell to work with him.  Sounds like Bedrock will be moving from the “itsy-bitsy” level to a higher level production-wise.  The wines are already major quality-wise!

 “I probably work harder on my rose’ then any other wine I make”- Morgan Peterson

2012 is the fifth vintage for Bedrock’s Ode To Lulu Rosé.  The usual base of the wine is centered around the Mourvedre planted at Bedrock Vineyard in 1888, along with an additional 10% from Mourvedre planted in 1922 at Pagani Ranch.  This year’s version also includes old-vine Carignane, from Contra Costa instead of Grenache.  The grapes are whole-cluster pressed, and fermented with native yeasts.

2012 Bedrock Ode To Lulu Rose

My tasting note follows:

Light copper/salmon color with stone-fruit, strawberry, and a hint of floral aromas. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, dry, and crisp with medium acidity, and peach, wild strawberry, sweet orange rind, and mineral flavors. Long spicy finish. 12.3% alcohol; SRP – $20

Rating:  A-

Wine purchased for review

Ratings Key:
(A+) – 98-100/Extraordinary
(A) – 94-97/Outstanding
(A-) – 90-93/Excellent
(B+) – 86-89/Very good
(B) – 80-85/Good
(C) – 70-79/Bleh
(D) – 50-69/#Fail

Follow me on Twitter @martindredmond for all things wine, and since I’m a wino, with latent foodie tendencies, you’ll also find food and wine pairings, and food related stuff!  Become a fan and join ENOFYLZ Wine Blog on Facebook. Cheers! This article is original to ENOFYLZ Wine Blog.com. Copyright 2013 ENOFYLZ Wine Blog. All rights reserved.

 

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