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Snooth User: napagirl68

Rose'... wine for summer!

Posted by napagirl68, Mar 27, 2014.

So i am getting flooded with emails from various wineries updating on their Rose releases.   Every year is different, and I am interested in hearing what is looking good on the market, world-wide and local.  I enjoy Roses across the board:  CA seems to rank in my high numbers, but I'm sure that is a demographics thing.  I also love some French Roses.. Domaine Sorin is one I can find and like... dry, crisp, with orange peel.  It is a commonly distributed wine, which is why I can try it.   I am interested in others that are attainable...

Realistically here, Roses are not always big sellers, and they are meant for drinking now.  Typically, they are very reasonably priced.  I would really like to hear recommendations (even based on past vintages since it is early!) of good roses to try...  I like dry, lower ETOH, good acidity...


Reply by jescobio, Mar 27, 2014.

Matanzas Creek in Santa Rosa/Bennet Valley.  I don't know for sure that they will release this year though.  Two years ago they had a Rose (merlot) that was pretty darn tasty and probably right up your alley!  Cheers!  

Reply by napagirl68, Mar 27, 2014.

Thanks, Jescobio!  I have liked their chards in the past as well...  Will attempt to source...

Reply by JonDerry, Mar 27, 2014.

Robert Sinskey (whom you know)

Liquid Farm


These are the three I plan to drink in the coming weeks.

Reply by duncan 906, Mar 27, 2014.

Easily the best rose I have had is the

Les Bastides de Sainte Marie Cotes de Provence 2011

which I reviewed for Snooth.I have also had and reviewed for Snooth the

Chateau D'Esclans Cotes de Provence

which has had some very good reviews but I did not think it up to the standard of the Les Bastides de Sainte Marie

I have got a bottle of

Domaine Maby La Forcadiere Tavel 2012

in my cupboard which I have yet to taste 

Reply by outthere, Mar 27, 2014.



Bodegas Muga Rosado Rioja

Bucklin Old Hill

Copain "Tous Ensemble"

Lucien Crochet Sancerre

Wilde Farm

Wind Gap


One of these days I'll have to stop and get a Sinskey. Since Matanzas is so close I'll keep an eye out for them as well. Have not seen a single Liquid Farm Wine hereyet but honestly I have not been wine shopping in some time.

Reply by William Djubin, Mar 27, 2014.

Chateaux Maimbray Sancerre Rose, Loire is a favorite of mine.

Reply by napagirl68, Mar 27, 2014.

Thanks all... lots of searching to do!

Reply by Richard Foxall, Mar 28, 2014.

I'm always good for some Julian Chivite rose from Navarra, or a d'Acqueria Tavel.  Even those inexpensive Ferme Juliens (Vielle Ferme with a proprietary label) from TJs work for me.  When it comes to rose, I just want it chilled, clean, not sweet, and preferably made with grenache, cinsault, or a mix, although Baker Lane and Horse and Plow made some nice PN and Syrah based roses.  Also, at the risk of wearing you all out, I thoroughly enjoy the Mauritson rose they hand us when we arrive at the winery prior to the vineyard dinner.  It's all Bord varieties.  That Mugas we had in a VT a while back was really nice, too. 

And, since the weather is getting warmer soon, it's also time to start stocking up on Muscadet for those oysters and other seafoods. 

Reply by vin0vin0, Apr 2, 2014.

NG, just a bit late with this post but I have to plug two of my favorites since they both make an excellent rose and a third that I stumbled upon at a local wine store.

Scherrer makes a syrah, grenache blend for $22 that is awesome.  I deal directly with the winery since they don't as yet have a presence here in NC but there may be some distribution near you.  Better yet, call them up and get an appt. for a visit, you will not be disappointed.

Tablas Creek's Dianthus is a mourvedre, grenache, counoise blend that shows some strawberry, light rhubarb, a bit of watermelon and a touch of bright cherry with medium acidity.  Unfortunately, it appears that this is only available to their wine club members, so it may be worth adding one more to your list.

Odisea Cochon is a Napa Valley grenache blend that may be more readily available than the other two. Interesting salmon color but very nice and refreshing with good acidity.

Happy hunting!

Reply by napagirl68, Apr 6, 2014.

Just to add to this list, I tasted another great rose...  the 2013 Lioco Indica.  I have had past vintages, and enjoyed them, and this one did not disappoint.  As a matter of fact, it may be my favorite vintage so far.  Very bright, has that orange essence I like so much, a bit of strawberry, and a nice minerality.  Highly recommend, and IME, sells out fast.  

Reply by JonDerry, Apr 6, 2014.

Thanks for the tip on Lioco...I've heard good things about them (medium scale negociant?) but haven't tried any of their wines yet, though they seem to do well with QPR. Unfortunately I don't see where the '13 Rose is available outside of NY.

Reply by napagirl68, Apr 6, 2014.

JD, it's 18 bucks directly through Lioco's website:

I hate wine-searcher... so inaccurate.  

I actually tasted at a friend's this weekend.  She knows I am partial to Lioco, and I believe she said she picked this up at a wine shop on the Peninsula.  I can try to find out where, but I will most likely buy through Lioco's website.  

Reply by JonDerry, Apr 6, 2014.

Thanks NG...def a reasonable price though I'm not one to buy in quantity so tax/shipping makes it a pain.

W-S isn't perfect (keeping all those retailers in line can't be easy) but I'm glad it exists.

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