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1 Lucien Crochet Sancerre Pinot Rosé (2011)
Review from original list creator: "Fragrant and floral on the nose with a hint of coriander under gentle cherry and strawberry fruit. Big and intense on entry with lovely acidity and a nice dusting of mineral tannin that helps to add great definition to this on the palate. The acidity is vibrant and really supports the red berry fruit, which shows a suggestion of bitter orange extending on the finish with lovely sapidity and a return of the floral elements of the nose. Great persistence to the fruit. 91pts " by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz
Average price: $19.62 from 1 store
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2 Blackbird Vineyards Merlot Blend Napa Valley Arriviste (2011)
Review from original list creator: "Smells fruity in a black cherry way, with some charcoal and earth nuances and a top note of mint. A little sweet on entry but also very high in acidity, so the suggestion of sweetness adds nice balance. This is a large scaled rosé, deep with rich black cherry and blackberry fruit that really penetrate the palate. The finish is nicely bright with a sour cherry refrain and a little spice on the finale, almost a touch peppery. Big but very well done. Not what I expect from a rosé, but there’s no arguing the appeal. 91pts " by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz
Average price: $25.00 from 1 store
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3 Ehlers Sylviane St. Helena Napa Valley (2011)
Review from original list creator: "Pretty fruity on the nose with hints of black currant, dried herb, fennel seed and smoke lending this a bit of a sophisticated edge. Much more crisp on the palate than the nose might lead you to believe, with a soft richness grounded by good acidity and some fine tannins. There’s plenty of rose petal-tinged blackberry fruit on the palate and a bright, juicy finish that has a little Jolly Rancher wild grape going on before the citrussy acids cleanse the palate. Nice if in a slightly rich style. 90pts " by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz
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4 Apaltagua Apaltua Rose of Carmenere (2011)
Review from original list creator: "Herbal and mineral on the nose with lemony base notes and retrained red currant and cranberry fruit. Bright and crisp on entry with spicy herbal and big mineral notes that reverberate on the fairly fruity but tight palate. Nice crushed raspberry fruit with a hint of lingonberry on the backend and then this settles into a long, decisive, mineral and acid driven finish. Man this is fresh and vivid, with an almost salty minerality to it. Super fun stuff. 90pts" by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz
Previously available for $8.39
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5 Cline Mourvedre Rose Cline Mourvedre Rose (2011)
Review from original list creator: "This smells meaty and slightly funky, all leathered up and ready to ride. Burning rubber, oil and grease, exhaust fumes and spicy black fruit; I name thee Evil Rider. Bright on entry, this does show a little sweetness to the blueberry, black plum and cherry flavors. Round and fairly lush in style, it maintains a firm base of acidity that draws the wine across a rather long finish. Decidedly plummy in nature and looking good for BBQ duty. 89pts " by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz
Average price: $11.29 from 22 stores
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6 Abacela Grenache Rose (2011)
Review from original list creator: "This shows nice mineral, herb and cherry skin aromas on the nose, over a base of dry earth and dried grass. This is fairly rich in the mouth with good acidity and plenty of lightly brambly berry fruit. There’s a nice pop of strawberry on the palate with feathery tannins that drive the mineral, lemon pith and quartz-toned finish. Big and juicy, this has lovely, fresh berry fruit that is quite aromatic in the mouth. 89pts " by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz
Previously available for $15.94
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7 Château Routas Rouvière Rosé (2011)
Review from original list creator: "Lemon, chalk and wild raspberry aromas greet the nose along with a sweet tarry edge. An unusually textured wine, rather soft and supple but at the same time firm and tight. There’s nice fruit here, a bit too much sugar adding richness for this to be dry, but the flavors of cherry and raspberry flecked with spicy mineral notes are attractive. The finish is bursting with grapefruit pith, peach and raspberry fruit, all dusted with a suggestion of white pepper. This is really quite lovely. 88pts" by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz
Previously available for $15.41
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8 Acrobat Rose United States Oregon (2011)
Review from original list creator: "This smells of tangerines, apricots and honeysuckle, very Gewürztraminer-like in many ways and really attractive. Fresh and summery to be sure, this shows more red fruit in the mouth but retains some of the lovely aromatics as well. Bright and juicy, there is enough sugar here to add softness but not sweetness to the palate, which develops that perfumed apricot quality on the back end. This is a lot of fun. 87pts" by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz
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9 Ghost Hill Cellars "Spirit of Pinot Noir" Dry Rose (2011)
Review from original list creator: "A bit meaty on the nose with notes of burnished cherry, pomegranate and perfumed apricot fruit, along with a sharp chalky tone. A bit large scaled but nicely dry, this is surprisingly rich with bright acidity and a suggestion of tannin helping to fill the mouth. There’s lovely, leafy-edged red berry fruit here, touched with a hint of blood orange that turns a bit compact on the moderately long finish. The finish is almost a touch bitter with some herb stem and slightly soapy cilantro elements. A bit aggressive. 87pts " by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz
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