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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 – Lodi Summer Wines – Vol 2

 

2016 M2 Vintners Carignane Rosé of Carignane

2016 Jeremy Wine Company Albariño

2016 St. Amant Winery Barbera Rosé

2015 Michael-David Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

2016 Uvaggio (L’Uvaggio di Giacomo) Cinsault Rosé

2016 d’Art Wines Barbera White Barbera

 

 

This post is based on samples that were provided to me.  I am showing the suggested retail price for the wines.

 

For a great, all inclusive look at Lodi, visit the Lodi Wine site.  I highly recommend reading ” The Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing” to learn more about the region’s commitment to the environment and leaving the area better for future generations.  This is very important for a region built around family owned businesses.

 

 

 

2016 M2 Vintners Carignane Rosé of Carignane – SRP $18

This wine is made from 100% Carignane grapes grown from the Mule Plane Vineyard that was planted “sometime” around 1920.  The vineyard’s name, “Mule Plane”, is in respect of the mules that pulled cast-iron blades to cultivate the ground and vines in the early days.

 

This is made in a traditional French style; the grapes were harvested, then crushed, and the skins were allowed to remain in contact with the juice for a short period of time to gain color and flavor.  After the must is pressed, the juice is fermented as if it was a white wine at a very low temperature.  The total production was only 180 cases.

 

Much more information on the winery and their wines is available on their website by clicking here.

 

The wine is a light peach color.  The bright and vibrant nose has cherries, chalky minerals, strawberries, white peach, melon, orange blossoms, subtle underbrush and a hint of leafy herbs.  This is barely medium body with nice acidity and just a subtle hint of sweetness.  On the palate tart cherries, white peach, strawberries and minerals grab your attention immediately with melon and a touch of underbrush coming in later.  The juicy finish has good length with orange blossoms and a touch of leafy herb providing nice depth.  The nice upfront fruit makes this easy to sip and the savory notes coming in on the back end and finish keep it interesting.  Nice job!  This has 12.6% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a twist off closure.  (91 pts)

2016 M2 Vintners Carignane Rosé of Carignane

2016 M2 Vintners Carignane Rosé of Carignane

 

 

 

2016 Jeremy Wine Company Albariño – SRP $20

Jeremy Wine Co is owned by Jeremy & Choral Trettevik.  The winery has grown from 5 tons of grapes in their first harvest to now harvesting well over 100 tons.

 

I’ve been very impressed by the Albariño wines being produced in Lodi.  These are world-class wines that rival the wines being produced anywhere in the world.  The grapes for this 100% Albariño come from the Felten Vineyard.  The grapes were fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel.  There were only 210 cases of this wine produced in this vintage.

 

For more information on the winery and their wines or to make a purchase, visit their website by clicking here.

 

The wine is a light straw golden color.  The alluring nose has apples, white peach, lemon grass, orange blossoms, lime zest and dusty minerals.  This has light to medium body with crisp acidity.  On the palate apples, white peach and lemon grass jump out on the front end with minerals and orange blossoms coming in later.  The finish has very nice length with mouthwatering lime zest providing depth and compelling you to grab another sip.  This is great as an aperitif or with a light meal, preferably one with seafood.  This is very easy to like.  This has 13.2% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (92 pts)

2016 Jeremy Wine Company Albariño

2016 Jeremy Wine Company Albariño

 

 

 

2016 St. Amant Winery Barbera Rosé – SRP $15

St. Amant is a family owned and run winery that was founded in 1979 by Tim and Barbara Spencer.  Their son, Stuart is currently the  knowledgeable and very friendly winemaker.  I highly encourage you to read about the wonderful history and growth of this winery by clicking here.  While you are visiting the site, you can purchase their wines.

 

My first exposure to this specific wine was at a “welcome” reception and dinner in Lodi in September.  I love this crisp and flavorful wine.  I’m glad I was able to try the latest vintage.

 

The wine is a bright cherry color.  The fresh and lively nose has strawberries, cherries, dusty minerals, orange blossoms and a touch of leafy herb.  This has light to medium body with nice acidity.  On the palate tart strawberries and cherries jump out on the front end with minerals and a hint of leafy herb coming in later.  The finish has nice length with orange blossom and a touch of citrus zest providing depth.  This is extremely easy to sip on a warm and sunny day alone or with a light meal.  This may not be the most complex bottle of wine out there but it is extremely tasty.  I like this one a lot.  This has 12.8% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (90 pts)

2016 St. Amant Winery Barbera Rosé

2016 St. Amant Winery Barbera Rosé

 

 

 

2015 Michael-David Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc – SRP $16

The Michael and David are brother Michael and David Philips, the fifth generation of grape growers in the Philips family storied history.

 

Sustainable farming practices are just slogans and buzzwords for the Michael David Winery.  They have adopted some of the most progressive sustainable farming practices in state.  All 750 acres of the family’s vineyards are third party certified.  The winery goes as far as offering a per ton bonus to follow in the family’s foot steps.  Starting with the 2011 vintage, 100% of the Lodi grown fruit crushed at Michael David winery have been certified sustainable.

 

Much more info on the family, the winery and their wines is available on their website.

 

The wine is a very light straw yellow with a slight green tint.  The enticing nose has green apples, flinty minerals, lemon grass, apricot and grapefruit zest.  This is barely medium body with crisp acidity.  On the palate tart apples, apricot and minerals pop out on the front end with lemon zest coming in on the back end.  The finish has nice length with mouthwatering grapefruit zest providing depth.  This would be very nice by itself or with a light meal on a warm day in a sunny location.  This is very appealing and refreshing.  This has 13.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a twist off closure.  (90 pts)

2015 Michael-David Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

2015 Michael-David Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

 

 

 

2016 Uvaggio (L’Uvaggio di Giacomo) Cinsault Rosé – SRP $24

The proprietor/winemaker for Uvaggio is Jim Moore.  Jim has a long history in the California wine business.  It was his vision and development that lead to the creation of La Famiglia di Robert Mondavi.  This was my first introduction to the other wines coming out of California beyond Cabernet, Zinfandel, Merlot, etc.  Their Barbera was our “house wine” for several years.  I’m glad I now know and can enjoy the newest iteration of these wonderful wines.

 

Much more information on Jim, the winery and their wines is available by clicking here.

 

This 100% Lodi sourced wine is a blend of 80% Cinsaut from the Bechthold Vineyard, 11% Vermentino from Gayla’s Vineyard and 9% Grenache from the Mettler Vineyard.  For this wine, the winery co-fermented the Vermentino with the Cinsault and a week later added the Grenache to prolong the fermentation to add additional complexity.

 

The wine is a bright salmon pink color.  The expressive nose has strawberries, cherries, orange blossoms, lime zest, white peach and a hint of white pepper.  This has light to medium body with nice acidity and just a hint of lingering sweetness.  On the palate bright strawberries and cherries are joined with orange blossoms on the front end with white peaches coming in on the back end.  The finish has good length with white pepper and tart lime zest providing nice depth.  This is very easy to sip and enjoy.  This has 12.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with an agglomerated cork.  (91 pts)

2016 Uvaggio (L'Uvaggio di Giacomo) Cinsault Rosé

2016 Uvaggio (L’Uvaggio di Giacomo) Cinsault Rosé

 

 

 

2016 d’Art Wines White Barbera – SRP $22

“What does a Spanish dancer have to do with a winery that has a French name?”  so begins the history of d’Art Wines.

 

d’Art Wines is owned by Helen and Dave Dart, and this is truly a family business.  Dave and their daughter Jessica handle the winemaking end of the business while Helen greets visitors in the tasting room and shares the winery’s history and some of her wine friendly recipes to pair with the wines.  Some of these recipes are available on their website.  I know I’m looking forward to trying here recipe for Pappa Al Pomodoro, especially with a few of the serving suggestions.

 

Much more information on the Darts, their winery, the wines and Helen’s recipes is available by clicking here.

 

The wine is a pale orange color.  The fresh and exotic nose has cherries, orange blossoms, leafy herbs, strawberries, white pepper and dusty earth.  This is barely medium body with nice acidity and seems to be totally dry.  On the palate tart cherries, strawberries and orange zest come through on the front end with white pepper and leafy herbs coming in later.  The finish has decent length with a touch of dusty earth providing some depth.  This is a lighter bodied wine that will stand up to a lighter meal or even better with a small platter of cheese.  This is easy to sip on a hot sunny day.  This has 14% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with an agglomerated cork.  (89 pts)

2016 d'Art Wines Barbera White Barbera

2016 d’Art Wines Barbera White Barbera

 

 

 

Conclusion and recommendations

These are all wines made with pride by families who either grow their own grapes or buy them from “friends”.  The over riding thing I learned during my visit is this region performs like one big team.  Everyone from the grape growers to the winery owners are equals when it comes to producing these world class wines.  The wines in this post are generally not available at you local wine store.  They are available via the winery’s websites or from the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center.

 

 

If you want to plan a trip to Lodi, which I highly recommend, your first step should be to visit the Lodi Wine Site.  If you find yourself in Lodi and want to sip some wine, buy some wine or look for recommendations, I encourage you to visit them at:

Lodi Wine & Visitor Center

2545 West Turner Road

Lodi, CA 95242

Phone: (209) 367-4727

Email: lwwc@lodiwine.com

 

This is also a great place to buy Lodi wines.  They have an extensive inventory of wines that you can have shipped to your home.

 

 

 

How can’t you talk about these food friendly wines and not show a few of the dishes that were paired with them.

 

Seafood Boil with Jeremy Albarino

Seafood Boil with Jeremy Albarino

 

 

Shrimp Stir-fry with Michael-David Sauvignon Blanc

Shrimp Stir-fry with Michael-David Sauvignon Blanc

 

 

Steak Bruschetta with Uvaggio Cinsault Rose

Steak Bruschetta with Uvaggio Cinsault Rose

 

 

 

 

Lodi Information

Lodi is just east of San Francisco and has provided grapes for producers all over the world since the 1800’s.  The Lodi area has provided grapes for producers all over the world for decades, and many families in Lodi have been growing grapes for six and seven generations.  Today, there are approximately 85 wineries and tasting rooms, over 750 growers and more than 100,000 acres planted to vineyards.  The wines we tasted commemorate the heritage of Lodi and are not only exquisite, but tell a narrative.

 

It is a well-known fact that Lodi is predominantly a red wine region, proudly holding the self-proclaimed title of “Zinfandel Capital of the World”.  What is lesser known is that Lodi’s unique Mediterranean climate allows for over 75 different varietals to thrive.

 

Tons of great and useful information is available on the Wines of Lodi, LOCA website.  I highly encourage you to read about the area by clicking here.  You can also follow Lodi on Twitter at @Lodi_Wine.

 

 

Lodi Green Program

The Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing is California’s first 3rd party-certified sustainable winegrowing program.  Originally launched in 2005, over the past two years the program went through and extensive review to update and make standards more rigorous.

 

The Lodi Rules takes a comprehensive approach to farming that goes beyond just pest management to promote practices that enhance biodiversity, water and air quality, soil health, and employee and community well-being.  This allows us to produce higher quality wines more reflective of the places and people that grow them.  It gives you the opportunity to promote responsible farming by enjoying the great wines from these vineyards.

 

When you drink a certified sustainably grown Lodi wine, you are supporting a farmer, a vintner, and a community that embraces its responsibility to take care of the environment.

 

Visit the Lodi Certified Green site for more information on the region’s sustainable winegrowing.

 

 

 

 

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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 2017 Cliff’s Wine Picks.

All rights reserved.

 

 

 

***** 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:

 

 

Cliff’s Wine Picks mentions or other posts

Here are posts, newsletters, blogs or other articles that either mention this site or that I have written:

 

Click here or on the “Cliff’s Wine Picks On Other Sites” link in the top right corner to see links to other sites that either have my reviews, my thoughts or other posts I have written.

 

 

 

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!

 

Cliffs Wine Picks – Summer Rosé – Vol 1

 

2016 d’Autrefois Pinot Noir Rosé

2016 Bodegas Casado Morales Rioja Rosado

2015 Domaine La Rabiotte Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence

2015 Domaine de la Vivonne Côtes de Provence Rosé

2016 Château de Fabrègues Costières-de-Nîmes Rosé

2015 Terre di Talamo Maremma Toscana Piano Piano

2016 V. Sattui Winery Rosato di Sangiovese

2016 Dinastía Vivanco Rioja Tempranillo-Garnacha Rosado

2016 Domaine de Bendel Côtes de Provence

 

 

 

Rosé wine is the fastest growing segment of the wine market in the United States.  A lot of wineries are having a hard time keeping up to the demand.  Even though Summer has just begun, a lot of wineries are already sold out of their pink wines.  I would only buy a pink wine that was produced within the previous two years, in this case 2015 and 2016.  Even though these wines can be enjoyed for a year or two longer, they are fragile wines that can be harmed by conditions outside the norm.  There is really no way to accurately know how the wine was handled during the entire process used in its’ distribution from the winery to your store’s shelf.

 

Summer started a week ago, so to most people, it is now Rosé season.  To a lot of us, there isn’t a Rosé season since we drink them all year.  This is the first of two blogs I will be posting dedicated to Rosé wines.  The second will be posted in the next week or two.  Most of these wines were purchased at my local Total Wine and I show the price I paid with any sales/coupons/volume discounts.  They are probably available at other retailers.  A couple were samples provided to me for review purposes, there are marked as such and I show the suggested price that was supplied to me or the average price I found on the internet.

 

 

 

2016 d’Autrefois Pinot Noir Rosé – $10.35

This Pinot Noir Rosé is from the Vin de Pays d’Oc appellation from France’s Languedoc Roussillon region.

 

The wine is a very light pink color.  The energetic nose has strawberries, cherries, orange blossoms and subtle minerals.  This has light body with nice acidity.  On the palate bright red fruit and minerals pop out on the front end with orange blossoms and lime zest coming through later.  The mouthwatering finish has good length with red fruit and lime zest.  This is a light, crisp rosé with nice up front red fruit.  This has 12.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a twist off closure.  (90 pts)

2016 d'Autrefois Pinot Noir Rosé

2016 d’Autrefois Pinot Noir Rosé

 

 

 

2016 Bodegas Casado Morales Rioja Rosado – $8.62

This appears to be a blend of Tempranillo 60% and Viura 40%.

 

The wine is a bright salmon pink color.  The fresh and lively nose has cherries, crushed stone minerals, orange zest, underbrush and white pepper.  The has medium body with nice acidity.  On the palate cherries, minerals and a hint of underbrush pop out on the front end with orange zest coming in later.  The finish has nice length with a touch of white pepper providing some depth.  This is a fresh and lively summer sipper.  This has 13% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a pink plastic stopper.  (89 pts)

2016 Bodegas Casado Morales Rioja Rosado

2016 Bodegas Casado Morales Rioja Rosado

 

 

 

2015 Domaine La Rabiotte Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence – $11.21

This appears to be a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Cinsault and 10% Syrah.

 

The wine is a pale pink salmon color.  The easy going nose has strawberries, cherries, stony minerals, white pepper, orange zest and a hint of leafy herbs.  This has medium body with nice acidity and seems totally dry.  On the palate red fruit and minerals pop out first with white pepper and a touch of herbs coming in later.  The finish has nice length with a touch of orange zest entering the picture.  This is a nice, easy drinking Rose for a sunny day.  This has 13.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with an agglomerated cork.  (89 pts)

2015 Domaine La Rabiotte Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence

2015 Domaine La Rabiotte Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence

 

 

 

2015 Domaine de la Vivonne Côtes de Provence Rosé – $11.98

This is a blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault.

 

This is a pale pink salmon color.  The slightly subdued nose has strawberries, minerals, cherries, white peach, white pepper and a touch of underbrush.  This has medium body with nice acidity.  On the palate cherries, minerals and white peach come through on the front end with strawberries and white pepper coming in later.  The finish has nice length with a touch of underbrush providing some depth.  A nice rosé for a warm, sunny meal on the deck or patio.  This has 12.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a manmade cork substitute.  (89 pts)

2015 Domaine de la Vivonne Côtes de Provence Rosé

2015 Domaine de la Vivonne Côtes de Provence Rosé

 

 

 

2016 Château de Fabrègues Costières-de-Nîmes Rosé – $10.35

This is a blend of 73% Grenache and 27% Syrah.

 

The wine is a deep salmon pink color.  The riveting nose has cherries, strawberries, minerals, white pepper, orange blossoms and a hint of dry earth.  This has medium body with nice acidity.  On the palate red fruit, minerals and white pepper immediately grab your attention with orange blossoms coming in later.  The finish has nice length with a touch of dry earth providing depth.  This is a little fuller body than most Rosés from the region but it has the bolder flavors and nice acidity to support the extra weight.  This has 12.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a glass stopper.  (91 pts)

2016 Château de Fabrègues Costières-de-Nîmes Rosé

2016 Château de Fabrègues Costières-de-Nîmes Rosé

 

 

 

2015 Terre di Talamo Maremma Toscana Piano Piano – $14.99

This is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Sangiovese.

 

The wine is a bright pink color.  The fresh and lively nose has cherries, strawberries, dusty minerals, dry earth and orange blossoms.  This has light to medium body with good acidity.  On the palate tart cherries, strawberries and minerals take control on the front end with dry earth coming in later.  The finish has nice length with orange blossoms providing some depth.  This is an easy drinking Rosé to enjoy on the deck or patio on a sunny day.  This has 13.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a glass stopper.  (89 pts)

2015 Terre di Talamo Maremma Toscana Piano Piano

2015 Terre di Talamo Maremma Toscana Piano Piano

 

 

 

2016 V. Sattui Winery Rosato di Sangiovese – SRP $26

This is based on a sample provided by the winery or a company representing the winery.

 

This wine is 100% Sangiovese primarily from the winery’s Hibbard Ranch in the Carneros region of the Napa Valley.  This wine is only available direct from the winery, visit their website for more info or to purchase.

 

The wine is a bright peach color.  The inviting nose has cherries, strawberries, melon, subtle dry earth, orange blossoms and lime zest.  This has medium body with nice acidity and just a hint of lingering sweetness.  On the palate the fruit controls the front end with cherries and strawberries immediately grabbing your attention, later melon and a touch of dry earth enter the picture.  The finish has nice length with orange blossom and lime zest providing good depth.  This is very easy to sip on a sunny warm day by itself or with a light meal.  This has 13.4% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a twist off closure.  (91 pts)

2016 V. Sattui Winery Rosato di Sangiovese

2016 V. Sattui Winery Rosato di Sangiovese

 

 

 

2016 Dinastía Vivanco Rioja Tempranillo-Garnacha Rosado – SRP $15

This is based on a sample provided by the winery or a company representing the winery.

 

This is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Grenache.  In the past I sampled their white and red Rioja wines and liked them more than the Rosado.  More info on them is available on this site.

 

The wine is a bright pink color.  The alluring nose has cherries, strawberries, orange zest, leafy herbs, crushed stone minerals, white peach and melon.  This has medium body with decent acidity.  On the palate red fruit and minerals open the show with orange zest, leafy herbs and white peach coming in later.  The finish has decent length with some melon providing depth.  The finish gets a touch soft, a little more acidity would be welcome.  Over all, a nice Rosé to sip alone on a warm, sunny day but the lower acidity would present a challenge to pair with food.  This has 13.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a plastic “cork”.  (87 pts)

2016 Dinastía Vivanco Rioja Tempranillo-Garnacha Rosado

2016 Dinastía Vivanco Rioja Tempranillo-Garnacha Rosado

 

 

 

2016 Domaine de Bendel Côtes de Provence – $16.99

This is a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault and 10% Syrah.

 

The wine is a light, pale pink color.  The inviting nose has strawberries, cherries, white peach, orange blossoms, lime zest and minerals.  This has light to medium body with good acidity and just a hint of sweetness.  On the palate strawberries and cherries pop out quickly with orange blossoms and minerals coming in later.  The finish has nice length with lime zest providing depth and a crisp acidic closing note.  The slight sweetness makes this very easy to sip on a warm, sunny day.  This has 13% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with an agglomerated cork.  (88 pts)

2016 Domaine de Bendel Côtes de Provence

2016 Domaine de Bendel Côtes de Provence

 

 

 

 

I am a big fan of the “Flash Wine Sale” site Last Bottle.  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!

 

Two Rosé Wines from Ledge Vineyards

 

 

This is based on samples provided by the winery or organization acting on their behalf.

 

 

2012 Ledge California Soul (Mother Hips) Rosé

2012 Ledge Catacombs Rosé

 

 

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About the winery:

The Adams Ranch is in the Willow Creek region on the west side of Paso Robles and rests on a plateau with the Santa Lucia Mountains as a backdrop, with a steep drop to Vineyard Drive in the foreground.  The vineyard is almost entirely Syrah, with some Grenache and Mourvedre peppered in.  They expand every year at a snail’s pace, with 25 dry farmed acres as the ultimate goal.  The vines are own rooted and reared in the home nursery after pruning each year.  Once established, the vines are dry farmed, field-blended and co-fermented using only native yeasts and are aged in neutral oak barrels.

 

The winery’s site and mailing list sign up is available by clicking here.

 

If desired, you can order wine directly from the winery or just check out their current releases by clicking here.

 

 

Mark Adams

 

About the winemaker:

Mark Adams – Paso Robles musician and Winemaker

Mark is mister do-it-all, farmer, winemaker, musician, husband, father and formerly a sound effects editor for Sony.  Mark is also the assistant winemaker for the renowned Saxum Winery with his childhood pal, Justin Smith.

 

“Adams offers a bridge between Paso’s lavish ways and a more cerebral effort”

Jon Bonné – THE NEW CALIFORNIA WINE – A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind A Revolution in Taste

 

 

Much more information about Mark, both wine/beer and music related is available here.  I highly recommend giving a listen to some of Mark’s music available on this site.

 

There is an outstanding over view of Mark on the San Francisco Chronicle’s site in a story titled “Winemakers to Watch 2014: Mixing tradition and pioneering spirit by Jon Bonné.  The story is available here.

 

 

 

About the wines:

I received several bottles of wines to sample.  There were three different “labels”, California Soul (Mother Hips), Catacombs and Kazoo.  The first two labels included a white, a red and a rosé each.  Instead of trying to sample all seven wines at once I had to choose between sampling based on label or style.  I opted to sample the wines by style.  This post will cover the Rosé wines.  A later post will cover the whites and another will be coming for the red wines.

 

These wines may be available at your local wine store; I know my local store carries both of these wines.

 

Here is the line up for this evening’s online tasting:

Ledge Rose Line up

Ledge Rose Line up

 

 

 

2012 Ledge California Soul (Mother Hips) Rosé – SRP $15

The Mother Hips is a rock band that is known for a style of west coast music that came to be referred to as California Soul.  Upon their 20th anniversary, Ledge paid tribute to them by blending 60 cases of wine, which to our surprise sold out in a few weeks.  This was never intended to be a “lasting” label, but the brand and the wines continue to attract new fans every day.  They expanded the line to include white and rose wines in addition to the red blends.

 

This is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre from the James Berry Vineyard, but eventually the grapes will be sourced from select vineyards throughout the state.

 

This wine has 13.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.

 

Even though this wine may be listed as sold out, Mark told me he still has a few cases available.  If the website shows sold out, send him an e-mail at wine@ledgevineyards.com and tell him I sent you.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a bright pink to light red color.  The nose forces you into a spring time mood with bright cherries, strawberries, minerals, spice and some subtle earthiness.  This has a light body with very crisp acidity and just a hint of sweetness.  On the palate the red fruits and minerals grab hold, slowly allowing some spice to slip into the picture.  The crisp and clean finish adds a touch of earthiness to the fruit and minerals.  This would rock on a sunny deck or patio.  (91 pts)

2012 Ledge California Soul (Mother Hips) Rosé

2012 Ledge California Soul (Mother Hips) Rosé

 

 

 

2012 Ledge Catacombs Rosé – SRP $20

The concept of Ledge Catacombs is simply that it is farmed in close proximity to the family estate. The vines are sustainably farmed and offer us some insight with regard to our planting decisions at the Adams Ranch.

 

This wine is a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.  This comes from the James Berry Vineyard and was pulled from a co-fermented lot that spent 24 hours in a concrete tank. It was slowly fermented in a stainless steel tank over the course of three weeks.

 

This wine has 13.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a pink to salmon color.  The soft and enjoyable nose has cherries, watermelon, spice, white pepper, minerals and strawberries.  This has light to medium body with decent acidity and just a touch of sweetness.  On the palate this is soft and fruity up front with white pepper and minerals.  The finish has nice length with some spice joining the party.  This would be easy to sip on a warm, sunny day with or without a platter of cured meats and cheese.  (89 pts)

2012 Ledge Catacombs Rosé

2012 Ledge Catacombs Rosé

 

 

 

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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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SPRING TIME IS FOR PAIRING – Our Favorite Wine Writers Share Their Picks

http://www.snooth.com/articles/spring-time-is-for-pairing/

 

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Balzac Communications & Marketing – News & Views

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WHAT WE’VE BEEN DRINKING – News and Reviews from Around the Blogosphere

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WINES THAT RANG OUR BELL IN FEBRUARY 2014 – Our Favorite Wine Writers Share Their Picks

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California Wine Reviews: Cline Cellars and Jacuzzi Family Vineyard

http://www.cravelocal.com/all-favorites/california-wine-reviews-cline-cellars-and-jacuzzi-family-vineyard/

 

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Sample Boutique Wines at Affordable Prices with Tastingroom.com

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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 my local store is usually VERY competitive.  I generally get case discounts, and since I work there part time, I get a 5% discount.  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!

 

Cliffs Wine Picks – 2012 Castello Banfi Centine Rose

 

 

This is based on a winery supplied sample.

 

Banfi 2

 

 

The Region

Tuscany is one of the main wine producing regions in Italy, and probably the most famous.  The region is located in Central Italy and wine has been produced here as far back as the fifth century BC.

 

Some of the more familiar wines made in the area are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

 

Sangiovese is the main grape for the region.  The region had very strict regulations on how wines were to be made and what grapes could be used.  Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and other grapes are not indigenous to the area, so their use was not allowed in wines that carried an “official” quality designation.  These other grapes were planted as an “experiment” by a few adventurous wineries that wanted to try and produce the best wine possible.  The use of these varietals lead to the coining of the term “Super Tuscan”.  Since these “Super Tuscans” did not abide by the regulations, they were labeled using the lowest level identifier, simply “Table Wine”.  The problem was that these lowly wines became some of the most sought after wines from the region.  Eventually, the bureaucracy caught on that this type of wine had a future in the region the designation of Toscana IGT was created.  This simply means this is a wine made in any of Tuscany’s 10 provinces and is indicative of the geographical region.

 

There is an outstanding article on the background and origin of the Toscana IGT designation on wine-searcher.  Click here to read more.

 

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The Winery

Castello Banfi was the “First Winery in the World Recognized for Exceptional Environmental, Social and Ethical Responsibility and Leadership in Customer Satisfaction” by the International Standard Organization (ISO Geneva).

 

Castello Banfi is a family-owned vineyard estate and winery in the Brunello region of Tuscany. Together with its sister estates in Piedmont, Vigne Regali and Principessa Gavia, it has become recognized the world over for its dedication to excellence and sparking a renaissance in the art of Italian winemaking.

 

More information on the estate and their wines is available on their website.  Please click here to read more.

 

 

“It is our fondest desire that this project will be good for the people of Montalcino,

good for Italy, good for America, good for all people who love fine wine.”

John F. Mariani, Jr.

Founder of Castello Banfi · September 12, 1984

 

 

 

2012 Castello Banfi Centine Rose Toscana IGT – SRP $12.99

This wine is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  After a brief maceration period the wine is fermented.  After malolactic fermentation, the wine is briefly aged in small oak barrels and bottled in the Spring.

 

The final alcohol level is 12.5% and the wine is sealed with a screw cap.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a bright and intense pink salmon color.  The fresh and inviting nose has cherries, watermelon, spice, minerals, citrus zest and just a hint of dried earth.  This has light body and crisp acidity.  On the palate the spicy fruit grabs hold, slowly allowing some minerality and citrus to slip through.  The mouthwatering finish has nice length and highlights the spicy, mineral laden fruit.  This would be nice on its own or with a light meal on the patio or deck.  (89 pts)

2012 Castello Banfi Centine Rose Toscana IGT

2012 Castello Banfi Centine Rose Toscana IGT

 

 

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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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.

 

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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 my local store is usually VERY competitive.  I generally get case discounts, and since I work there part time, I get a 5% discount.  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!

 

Cliffs Wine Picks – The Seeker and a Photo Contest

 

This is based on samples provided by the winery or another company acting on their behalf.

 

 

2012 The Seeker Pinot Grigio

2012 The Seeker Riesling

2012 The Seeker Rosé

2012 The Seeker Red Blend

 

All wines have a suggested retail price of $10 to $15.

 

 

 

I was given the opportunity to sample some new wines from The Seeker.  Earlier I had the opportunity to sample some other wines from them.  My write up on those wines is available here.

 

 

This group of wines is perfect to enjoy during the warmer weather this Summer with lighter meals on the deck or patio or to share with friends on a warm evening over good conversation.

 

 

 

Winery Information (winery supplied)

Do you have a taste for risk, a curious nature, and a daring spirit?  Then come, join The Seeker on a singular wine adventure!  The Seeker is a lively line of wines from all over the world.  Our wanderings yielded distinct wines from disparate lands, delighting the senses on a global taste journey.  It is a carefully curated collection of the best wines from where they grow best, each wine lovingly crafted by a different family winery.

 

For The Seeker, it’s all about the journey.  Simply glance at the labels and you’ll see; the mid-19th century flying machines embody an era of wonder and mystery, of explorers out to conquer the known world… and beyond.  The Seeker speaks to the unknown, the unknowable, and the thrill of discovery. Cheers!

 

The Seeker Wines were created by a family company that called on its 65+ years of experience to source from the best family-owned wineries in the world at an affordable price.  With a dedication to reducing our carbon footprint, The Seeker Wines extends our eco-friendly philosophy from our immediate family to our global family.  So whether by land, sea, or air, take flight with us and seek more information at http://theseekerwines.com

 

The line up for this tasting:

The Seeker lineup

 

2012 The Seeker Pinot Grigio (Italy, Veneto)

This is 100% Pinot Grigio from the Veneto region in Italy.  The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks on light lees.  This unoaked wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation to retain the fresh acidity and to maintain the varietal character.

 

The final alcohol in the wine is 12.5%.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a very light yellow color with a slight green tint.  The crisp and refreshing nose has apples, lemon zest, pears, minerals, orange blossoms, and a touch of spice.  This has light to medium body, citrusy acidity, and has just a touch of sweetness.  On the palate the bright, juicy fruit is joined by a touch of almond before the mouthwatering citrus kicks in.  The finish has nice length and closes on a slightly sweet pear/citrus note.  (87 pts)

 

This easy drinking Pinot Grigio would be a fine partner with just about any lighter, warm weather dish.  I think this would shine if served with some grilled shrimp.  This has more body and depth than your typical Italian Pinot Grigio.

Seeker Pinot Grigio

 

 

 

2012 The Seeker Riesling (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

This is 100% hand harvested Riesling is from the Trittenheim and Piesport Vineyards in the Mosel region in Germany.  The wine was fermented in stainless steel and oak casks.  The wine was aged 3 to 8 months in a mix of stainless steel and oak casks.

 

The final alcohol in the wine is 8.5%.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a bright yellow color with a slight green tint.  The slightly shy nose eventually shows honey dipped apples, pineapple, white pepper, minerals, and a very faint petrol note.  This has medium body, crisp acidity, and nice residual sweetness.  On the palate this has tart apples, honey, and crisp citrus with nice sweetness coming in on the back end.  The finish has very nice length and closes with a sweet note.  The sweetness and acidity are very nicely balanced.  (91 pts)

 

This would excel if paired with a spicy Asian dish.  I love an off dry Riesling with spicy Cajun food and this would be outstanding with seafood gumbo.  This would also be a nice glass of wine to sip on a warm evening over good conversation with friends.

Seeker Riesling

 

 

 

2012 The Seeker Rosé (France, Provence)

This is a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Cinsault from vineyards in the AOC Côtes de Provence.  The grape varieties were vinified separately before blending.  The wine was aged in tanks (no oak).

 

The final alcohol in the wine is 12.5%.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a very nice pink salmon color.  The inviting nose has watermelon, white peach, minerals, red raspberries, orange zest, a touch of spice, and a slightly salty sea breeze element.  This has light to medium body, with good acidity, and is dry.  On the palate the fruit steps to the forefront with spice and building minerality supporting the back end.  The finish has nice length and closes on a distinct mineral note with just a touch of sweetness from the red fruit.  (89 pts)

 

This dry Rosé would pair very nicely with a mixed greens salad with a light berry infused vinaigrette dressing.  This would also drink very nicely on its own on a warm Summer day.

Seeker Rose

 

 

 

2012 The Seeker Red Blend (Chile, Central Valley)

This is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 25% Syrah from vineyards in the Maipo and Colchagua Valleys in Chile.  Half of the wine was aged in stainless steel tanks; the remaining 50% was aged for 6 months in a mix of 60% American and 40% French oak barrels with 25% being new.

 

The final alcohol in the wine is 13.5%.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a bright ruby red color.  The nose has blackberries, plums, vanilla, dill, black pepper, cherry, and some earthiness.  This has medium body, soft to moderate tannins, and slightly soft acidity.  On the palate the dark fruit and earthiness take center stage with vanilla and the dill coming in late.  The finish has decent length but gets a touch muddled and earthy as it warms up.  I would recommend giving this a slight chill.  (85 pts)

 

This needs some juicy meat hot off the grill or some fairly hearty appetizers.

Seeker Chilean Red Blend

 

 

 

Closing thoughts

On the whole, I think these are all very drinkable, reasonably priced wines that would work with warm weather food or stand on their own as a cocktail wine.  The Seeker is unique in that they source their wines from the part of the world where that varietal calls home.

 

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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 my local store is usually VERY competitive.  I generally get case discounts, and since I work there part time, I get a 5% discount.  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.

 

 

 

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