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Cliffs Wine Picks – Rosé Vol 2

 

2015 Marqués de Riscal Rioja Rosado

2016 Barrymore Rose Pinot Noir By Carmel Road

2016 Château d’Esclans Whispering Angel

2016 Domaine Guy Mousset Rosé Côtes du Rhône

2016 Olema Côtes de Provence Rosé

2016 Château de Nages Costières-de-Nîmes ButiNages

2015 Chemin Des Sables Vin de Pays de La Côte Révée

2016 Famille Bougrier Rosé d’Anjou

2016 Villa Creek Rosé

 

 

This is my second post devoted to Rosé wines to enjoy this Summer.  Some of the wines are samples that were provided to me.  I note the samples and show the suggested retail price for these wines.  The rest of the wines were purchased locally or directly from the winery in the case of the Villa Creek wine.

 

 

 

2015 Marqués de Riscal Rioja Rosado – SRP $9.99

Sample provided by Magrino PR for the winery.  Visit their website for more information.

 

Marqués de Riscal is one of the oldest wineries in Rioja, founded in 1858 by Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga.  The winery began making rosé wine in the 1960s, not long after celebrating their 100th anniversary.  The rosé is made from their younger Tempranillo vines, normally under 15 years old.  In 2013 the winery was awarded “Best European Winery” by Wine Enthusiast magazine.

 

This is a blend of 60% Tempranillo and 40% Garnacha.

 

The wine is a bright salmon color.  The reflective nose has cherries, strawberries, orange blossoms, dusty minerals and a touch of leafy herbs.  This has medium body with nice acidity and seems to almost totally dry.  On the palate bright red fruit and a light leafy herb jump out on the front end with some minerals coming in later.  The finish has good length with a nice orange blossom note providing some depth.  This isn’t the most complex wine out there but it is very tasty and easy to sip with the up front fruit.  With a suggested price of $10, this would be an easy purchase and one to stock up on for the Summer if you can find it at a discounted price.  This has 13.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a twist off closure.  (88 pts)

2015 Marqués de Riscal Rioja Rosado

2015 Marqués de Riscal Rioja Rosado

 

 

 

2016 Barrymore Rose Pinot Noir By Carmel Road – SRP $17.99

Sample provided by Magrino PR for the winery.  Visit their website for more information.

 

For this wine, Drew Barrymore worked with Carmel Road winemaker Kris Kato to create a line of wines, this is their Rosé.  This is 100% Monterey County Pinot Noir that was fermented and aged in 100% stainless steel tanks.

 

The wine is a pale pink color.  The inviting nose has cherries, strawberries, white peach, orange blossoms, lime zest, some dry underbrush and a touch of sea breeze.  This has medium body with crisp acidity.  On the palate tart red fruit, orange blossoms and white peach come through on the front end with orange blossoms and some subtle dry earth coming in later.  The finish has nice length with lime zest and a saline note providing good depth.  This is a fruity Rose that would be welcome on a warm sunny day.  This has 13% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a twist off closure.  (89 pts)

2016 Barrymore Rose Pinot Noir By Carmel Road

2016 Barrymore Rose Pinot Noir By Carmel Road

 

 

 

2016 Château d’Esclans Whispering Angel – SRP $22

Sample provided by Magrino PR for the winery.  Visit their website for more information.

 

This is a blend of mainly Grenache, Rolle (Vermentino), and Cinsault from their vineyards as well as grapes purchased form the surrounding area.  Whispering Angel is considered to be one of the world’s greatest rosé wines.

 

The wine is a light pink salmon color.  The refreshing nose has strawberries, cherries, crushed stone minerals, white peach, green leafy herbs, orange blossoms and lime zest.  This has medium body with crisp acidity.  On the palate bright red fruit, minerals and leafy herbs jump out on the front end with orange blossoms and white peach coming in later.  The finish has good length with mouth watering lime zest providing some depth.  This is very easy to drink and enjoy.  This has 13.0% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (91 pts)

2016 Château d'Esclans Whispering Angel

2016 Château d’Esclans Whispering Angel

 

 

 

2016 Domaine Guy Mousset Rosé Côtes du Rhône – $11.21

Domaine Guy Mousset is part of Mousset Estates.  Clos Saint Michel and Domaine de Clairfort are the other “tiers” owned by the estate.  Oliver and Franck Mousset represent the fourth generation grape growers.  The wine is predominantly Grenache but the specific blend is not publicized.

 

The wine is a bright pink salmon color.  The comforting nose has cherries, crushed stones, roasted herbs, white pepper, orange zest and subtle dried earth.  This has light to medium body with crisp acidity and just a hint of sweetness.  On the palate cherries, minerals and roasted herbs grab control on the front end with white pepper coming in later.  The finish has nice length with orange zest and dried earth providing depth.  The savory notes grab control on the back end and finish to provide nice balance to the front end fruit.  This is an easy wine to like.  This has 13% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with an agglomerated cork.  (90 pts)

2016 Domaine Guy Mousset Rosé Côtes du Rhône

2016 Domaine Guy Mousset Rosé Côtes du Rhône

 

 

 

2016 Olema Côtes de Provence Rosé – $13.42

There isn’t much (if any) information on the internet about this wine.  It is a wine that is directly imported into the US by Total Wine & More, so it may not be available from any other source.

 

The wine is a pale pink salmon color.  The exuberant nose has cherries, chalky minerals, strawberries, orange blossoms, lime zest, apricots and a hint of leafy herbs.  This has light to medium body with nice acidity and just a touch of lingering sweetness.  On the palate bright red fruit and minerals jump out first with orange blossoms and apricots coming in on the back end.  The finish has nice length with lime zest and just a hint of leafy herbs providing depth.  This would be very easy to sip on a hot Summer day.  This has 12.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a agglomerated cork.  (89 pts)

2016 Olema Côtes de Provence Rosé

2016 Olema Côtes de Provence Rosé

 

 

 

2016 Château de Nages Costières-de-Nîmes ButiNages – $10.47

Château de Nages is the winery founded by Michel Gassier, and it is generally the home to his “reserve” level of wines.  To improve the quality of wines from the region, Michel planted new varietals including Roussanne, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier.  Michel also cut yields by half in some varietals and utilized newer techniques to force the vines to send their roots deeper into the soil.

 

This is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah.

 

The wine is a bright pink color.  The very inviting nose has cherries, crushed stone minerals, strawberries, dry earth, pear, melon, orange blossoms, lime zest and sea breeze.  This has medium body with crisp acidity.  On the palate tart cherries, minerals and strawberries quickly grab your attention with dry earth, pear and melon coming in later.  The finish has great length with orange blossoms and lime zest providing very nice depth.  This is a serious Rosé that is available at a fantastic price.  This could be your go-to Summer sipper.  This has 13.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a twist off closure.  (91 pts)

2016 Château de Nages Costières-de-Nîmes ButiNages

2016 Château de Nages Costières-de-Nîmes ButiNages

 

 

 

2015 Chemin Des Sables Vin de Pays de La Côte Révée – $8.62

This is another winery direct import wine from Total Wine & More so again, there is limited information available.

 

This wine is a blend of 70% Carignan and 30% Grenache.

 

The wine is a pale salmon color.  The slightly subdued nose has strawberries, cherries, dry earth, orange zest, white peach and dusty minerals.  This has medium body and decent acidity with some residual sweetness.  On the palate ripe red fruit and peaches come through on the front end with a touch or dry earth and minerals coming in on the back end.  The finish has decent length with just a touch of orange zest entering the picture.  This could use a bit more acidity and less residual sweetness.  This has 12% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a manmade spongy closure.  (85 pts)

2015 Chemin Des Sables Vin de Pays de La Côte Révée

2015 Chemin Des Sables Vin de Pays de La Côte Révée

 

 

 

2016 Famille Bougrier Rosé d’Anjou – $9.49

This family business was created in 1855 by Jean-Claude Bougrier in France’s Loire Valley.  In their early years the family simply sold bulk wine in wooden casks and drove around France in tankers.  From the contacts he made in these ways, Jean-Claude was able to work with growers in the best wine producing regions in the Loire Valley.  By the 1950s the firm was exporting wines from across the Loire Valley.  The family renovated the entire wine production facilities in the 1970s with an extensive modernization.  The family now produces several single vineyards wines as well as the blends.

 

This is a blend of 50% Gamay and 50% Grolleau from the Loire region of France.

 

The wine is a bright pink salmon color.  The open and inviting nose has strawberries, cherries, bananas, minerals, green leafy herbs and citrus zest.  This is barely medium body with crisp acidity.  Bright strawberries and tart cherries jump out on the front end with minerals and a touch of leafy herbs coming in later.  The finish has good length with lime zest leaving your mouth watering for another sip.  This has just a touch of residual sweetness but it is buffered nicely by the nice acidity.  This is very easy to sip.  This has 11% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a twist off closure.  (87 pts)

2016 Famille Bougrier Rosé d'Anjou

2016 Famille Bougrier Rosé d’Anjou

 

 

 

2016 Villa Creek Rosé – $19.20

Villa Creek (as well as Bedrock) are the two wineries that always receive an order from me for their Rosé wine.  Villa Creek is a personal favorite winery of mine.  They are located in Paso Robles and utilize some of the “big name” vineyards in the region as well as their own vineyards.  To me, they make some of the best, reasonably priced red wines coming out of Paso Robles.

 

This vintage is a blend of 75% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache and 5% Carignan from Luna Matta and Denner Vineyards in Paso Robles.

 

The wine is a salmon pink color.  The intoxicating nose has cherries, strawberries, crushed stone minerals, wildflowers, peaches, subtle dry earth and orange zest.  On the palate red fruit and minerals quickly grab your attention with peaches and wildflowers coming in later.  The juicy finish has very good length with nice depth being provided by orange zest and a hint of dry earthiness.  The is crisp, clean and dry, perfect for a warm afternoon lunch or lighter dinner on the deck or patio.  This has 13.2% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (91 pts)

2016 Villa Creek Rosé

2016 Villa Creek Rosé

 

 

 

I am a big fan of the “Flash Wine Sale” site Last Bottle.  Even though none of the wines in this post came from them, they do on occasion offer Rosé wines.  All of these wines they offer come at a big discount.  I highly recommend getting on their e-mail list.  Like most of the flash sale sites, they offer one wine per day until it sells out.  They also have a couple two-day marathons during the year.  Last Bottle is a great site to buy special wines at prices low enough to open any day of the week.

 

If you sign up using this link you will get a $10 credit that can be used on your first purchase.  I will also get a credit if you make a purchase.

 

Other than getting a credit as explained above, I have no financial interest in the site.  After you are on the list, you can also get the same credit by introducing friends to Last Bottle.

 

 

 

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Notes – I use the “official” Cellar Tracker name for the wines.  I use Cellar Tracker to help manage and organize my cellar.  I highly recommend checking it out at www.cellartracker.com.  Loading you existing cellar is a lot less intimidating than it would first appear.  There is a good chance 99% of your wine is already in the system, so you generally only need to enter part of the wine’s name and the system will find it for you.

 

 

Prices noted are the prices I paid at the time of purchase.  I don’t shop around to find the best prices, but always check out the sale and close out items when in a store.  Wines purchased direct from a winery do not include any shipping charges.  None of the prices include the sales tax.

 

 

All wines that were sent to me free of charge to sample will be noted and I will show suggested prices when available.

 

 

 

Cheers!

 

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Cliffs Wine Picks – October Selections 1

 

 

2010 Carlisle Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard

2009 Bedrock Wine Co. Heirloom Wine Dolinsek Ranch

2011 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands

2014 Château d’Esclans Whispering Angel

2009 Bodega Numanthia Toro Termes

2008 Stefania Syrah Eaglepoint Ranch

2009 McPrice Myers Altas Vinas

2008 Treasure Hunter Wines Helen’s Helm

2006 Copain Syrah Harrison Clarke

2014 Domaine Loubejac Rosé

2010 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

 

 

 

2010 Carlisle Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard – $38.00

The wine is a deep, dark purple color.  The stunning nose has brambly berries, black peppercorns, baking spices, dark chocolate, dried leafy herbs, crushed stone minerals, dead wood embers and dry earth.  This has a full body with moderate to solid tannins coming in on the back end and nice acidity.  Peppery, mineral laden berries coat the palate on the front end with baking spices and wood embers coming in later.  The finish has great length with dried herbs and dark chocolate adding depth.  This can easily and gracefully age for several years but is already delicious.  (95 pts)

2010 Carlisle Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard

2010 Carlisle Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard

 

 

2009 Bedrock Wine Co. Heirloom Wine Dolinsek Ranch – $35.00

The wine is a deep, dark maroon color.  Blackberries, smoke, baking spices, meat juices, cherries, cracked black peppercorns, slight herbal note, some earthiness and a touch of dark chocolate on the very nice nose.  This is full bodied with solid, ripe tannins and very nice acidity.  Long, spicy finish with the fruit and pepper lingering and very slowly fading.  This is in a prime drinking window and should hold for a few years.  (93 pts)

2009 Bedrock Wine Co. Heirloom Wine Dolinsek Ranch

2009 Bedrock Wine Co. Heirloom Wine Dolinsek Ranch

 

 

2011 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands – $24.92

The wine is a deep ruby to purple color.  The inviting nose has black cherries, dusty minerals, warm baking spices, white pepper, dry earth, violets, strawberries and underbrush.  This has medium body with soft to moderate ripe tannins and nice acidity.  On the palate cherries, minerals and baking spices quickly take control, slowly allowing white pepper, strawberries and dried earth to slip through.  The finish has nice length with underbrush and a floral note entering the picture providing extra depth.  An outstanding value.  This wine has 14.7% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with the normal Loring twist off closure.  (91 pts)

2011 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands

2011 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands

 

 

2014 Château d’Esclans Whispering Angel

The wine is a light pink salmon color.  The inviting and appealing nose has cherries, orange zest, strawberries, minerals and spring flowers.  This has light to medium body with crisp acidity.  On the palate cherries, orange zest and minerals pop out first with strawberries and a nice floral note coming in later.  The finish has good length with nice mouthwatering citrus, cherries and minerals.  This wine has 13.0% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.   (90 pts)

2014 Château d'Esclans Whispering Angel

2014 Château d’Esclans Whispering Angel

 

 

2009 Bodega Numanthia Toro Termes – $18.99

This is a wine that I generally like in almost all vintages but it’s not a wine I hunt down.  If I can find it at a good price I’ll grab a few bottles.

 

This has 15% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is an inky ruby red.  The sexy nose has black cherries, tobacco, blackberries, white pepper, dried flowers, mocha, vanilla and a touch of earthy underbrush.  This has a fairly full body, moderate to solid tannins and very good acidity.  Intense red and black fruit grabs your palate slowly allowing pepper and mocha to slip in.  On the back end vanilla and some building earthiness enter the picture.  The finish has good length and veers solidly into the earthy spectrum with just a touch of an herbal note coming into play.  (90 pts)

2009 Bodega Numanthia Toro Termes

2009 Bodega Numanthia Toro Termes

 

 

2008 Stefania Syrah Eaglepoint Ranch – $33.00

I didn’t get a good tasting note on this wine since it disappeared fairly quickly over dinner.  The wine had a nice backbone of blackberries with olive tapenade, smoky wood embers, licorice, eucalyptus, iron shavings, black peppercorns and dried wild flowers.  This had medium to full body with moderate to solid tannins and very nice acidity.  The finish had good length with the fruit turning more towards cherry and outstanding savory elements.  I’ll do a better job at a good tasting note when I open my next bottle.  I should note, a bottle being emptied that quickly over dinner is fairly rare in my house and it’s always a good sign.  (93 pts)

2008 Stefania Syrah Eaglepoint Ranch

2008 Stefania Syrah Eaglepoint Ranch

 

 

2009 McPrice Myers Altas Vinas – $30.40

The wine is a dark, inky violet color.  The big and in your face nose is crammed full of blackberries, plums, baking spices, earthy underbrush, licorice, crushed stones, dried herbs, dark chocolate and dried flowers.  This has a full body with solid ripe tannins and decent acidity.  On the palate this massive wine leads off with spicy, peppery berries and crushed stones with dried herbs and earthy underbrush coming in later.  The finish has good length with dark chocolate and licorice entering the picture.  The wine is big and flavorful but gets a bit boring after a while, it could use a bit more acidity and finesse.  This also shows the 15.8% alcohol on the nose and on the finish.  I’d advise to drink up before the alcohol becomes even more prominent.  (88 pts)

2009 McPrice Myers Altas Vinas

2009 McPrice Myers Altas Vinas

 

 

2008 Treasure Hunter Wines Helen’s Helm – $17.52

This negotiant wine is a blend of 59% Syrah, 18% Grenache, 18% Mourvedre and 5% Tempranillo from Paso Robles.

 

This has 14.5% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.

 

My Tasting Note

This is a deep, dark maroon color.  The very nice nose has blackberries, minerals, baking spices, charred meat, vanilla, cherries, dark bittersweet chocolate, and some earthiness.  This has a fairly full body, moderate to solid tannins, and very good acidity.  On the palate a loads of juicy berries, tart cherries, and minerals hit first with nice spice and a meaty element coming in on the back end.  The finish is long and lingering with some dark chocolate joining the spice and berries.  This is a very impressive wine that drinks several notches above its price point.  (93 pts)

2008 Treasure Hunter Wines Helen's Helm

2008 Treasure Hunter Wines Helen’s Helm

 

 

2006 Copain Syrah Harrison Clarke – $40.00

The wine is a dark, inky ruby to purple color.  The very inviting nose has blackberries, white pepper, blueberries, meat juices, charcoal, vanilla, dusty minerals, scorched earth and potpourri.  This has a fairly full body with moderate tannins and nice acidity.  On the palate berries, charcoal, white pepper and dusty minerals immediately jump out with meaty notes, vanilla and dry earth coming in on the back end.  The finish has good length with dark bittersweet chocolate coming into the picture.  This is mighty tasty today and should hold up for another year or two.  (92 pts)

2006 Copain Syrah Harrison Clarke

2006 Copain Syrah Harrison Clarke

 

 

2014 Domaine Loubejac Rosé – $12.74

The wine is a light salmon pink color.  The fresh and clean nose has cherries, crushed stone minerals, strawberry, orange blossoms and lime zest.  This has light to medium body with crisp acidity and just a hint of sweetness.  On the palate tart cherries, strawberries and minerals quickly take control with orange blossoms coming in on the back end.  The finish has nice length with lime zest leaving your mouth watering for another sip.  This doesn’t offer a lot of complexity but it is quite tasty with a light meal on a warm day.  This wine has 13.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with an agglomerated cork.  (89 pts)

2014 Domaine Loubejac Rose

2014 Domaine Loubejac Rose

 

 

2010 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – $25.00

I am a big fan of the Loring appellation wines.  These wines are blends of grapes from different vineyards in the region.  These wines may lack some of the uniqueness of the single vineyard wines, but to me they seem to highlight the best features from each vineyard.  The best part is these wines are about half the price of the single vineyard wines so they can be enjoyed without too much guilt any day of the week.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a medium to dark ruby red color.  The rich and inviting nose has black raspberries, Asian spices, cola, black cherry, wild flowers, white pepper, and a touch of earthy underbrush.  This has a medium body, moderate, ripe tannins, and good acidity.  On the palate the wine has rich, velvety fruit and spice up front with some subtle earthiness and white pepper coming in late.  The finish is fairly long and full of spicy, earthy fruit.  May not be the most complex Pinot out there, but it is delicious and a steal at the mailing list price of $25.  The bottle is sealed with the usual Loring twist off closure and the wine has 14.8% alcohol.  (91 pts)

2010 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

2010 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

 

 

Connect with me

You can follow me on Twitter for more wine info, potential food pairings, and an occasional recipe or two.  Be warned, I’m also a sports fan and there are occasional Pittsburgh Penguins, Steelers, and Pirates tweets.  I attended the University of South Carolina, so during football season, there will also be some Gamecock posts.

 

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This is original to CliffsWinePicks.com.  Copyright 2015 Cliff’s Wine Picks.

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***** Shameless Self Promotion *****

 

Here is a link to a YouTube video of me getting “coal” from Santa for being named the “Nicest Person in Social Media” in 2012.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOvQTeGR3-c

 

 

 

Breaking news from Klout:

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Remember to support your local wine store!

 

 

 

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Notes – I use the “official” Cellar Tracker name for the wines.  I use Cellar Tracker to help manage and organize my cellar.  I highly recommend checking it out at www.cellartracker.com.  Loading you existing cellar is a lot less intimidating than it would first appear.  There is a good chance 99% of your wine is already in the system, so you generally only need to enter part of the wine’s name and the system will find it for you.

 

 

Prices noted are the prices I paid at the time of purchase.  I don’t shop around to find the best prices, but always check out the sale and close out items when in a store.  Wines purchased direct from a winery do not include any shipping charges.  None of the prices include the sales tax.

 

 

All wines that were sent to me free of charge to sample will be noted and I will show suggested prices when available.

 

 

 

Cheers!

 

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