Just a few wines to share with you for this brief review for April.
Some like to say Rosé season is on the horizon. I always say Rosé is 365 days a year and 366 on a leap year. Rosé is too good to just sequester to the warm seasons. Why wouldn’t you want to have a rose during the cool, rainy and colder seasons – not just brightens the day but a lovely experience.
I remember not that long ago Rosé was so unfashionable—at wine events the wine pouring community had to humbly pour these wines. Today and actually in the past generation Rosé has certainly dried up. Though plenty of pallets at the club stores but that is not what many people are seeking. Soon and someday there will not be no more pallets of the sweet Rosé wines.
Estate Crush Rosé of Cinsault Bechthold Vineyard Lodi 2016
A bright and beautiful scent profile; sweet floral bouquet, mountain strawberry, oyster shell and citrus uplift; on the palate a concentration of mountain and field strawberry, Bergamot, sesame, and moist stones. You don’t see a lot of Cinsault Rosé from California.
Bokisch Terra Alta Vineyard Clement Hills Rosado 2017
80% Garnacha and 20% Tempranillo; clonal selection Rioja and Ribera del Duero. 100% neutral French oak.
Scent of freshly cut flowers, sweet green citrus, plump small strawberries and wet stones. Palate of gold and green citrus zest and peel, high altitude strawberries, hint of white pepper and anise.
SRP: $18 USD
Ferraton Père & Fils Samorëns Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2017
A blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah.
On the nose very slight hint of early season Rainier cherry, fennel, moist granite; on the palate a Rainier cherry, fennel, white pepper and oyster shell.
M. Chapoutier Domaine de Bila-Haut “Les Vignes” IGP Pays d’Oc Rosé 2017
A blend of grenache, syrah and cinsault; nose of Boysenberry, green citrus zest and pulp, and anise; flavour profile of early season cherry, pepper, fennel, and moist stones.
SRP: $15 USD
La Petite Marquise Crémant de Loire NV
This wine is a sparkling wine that is ever so Loire it is Chenin blanc 65 %, Chardonnay 20% and Cabernet Franc 15%. Hand picked grapes and this wine is only $12.99 (in San Francisco). This wine expresses with a nose of green apple, pear and Lemon preserves, flowers and almonds; the palate is expressing with Granny Smith apples, lemon curd, flowers and fresh almonds. 12.5% ABV
Stella Prosecco NV
Nose of fresh almond, Bergamot, white peach and yellow citrus; palate of white peach, orange and yellow citrus zest and hint of pine nut.
Barth René Alsace Pinot Blanc 2014
Pinot Noir needs no introduction nor does Pinot Gris; Pinot Blanc is like the unknown country despite it’s provence is Pinot Noir. I shouldn’t complain because these wines are glorious and inexpensive. This wine was only $12.99 (retail price in San Francisco). 12% ABV. A glorious wine and it is not just because of the price. Regardless of price it is outstanding and because of it’s price point a dream. The wine expresses with Cala Lily (many people don’t think they have a smell) to me they smell like a kiss of butter, additionally there are notes of crisp tart green apple, fleshly pear and Adriatic fig; on the palate is a gorgeous and deep connection to mineral – moist stones and oyster shell, green apple and Comice pear and hint of beeswax. A delight and Pinot Blanc is still an undiscovered wine variety.
Nik Weis Mosel Riesling 2017
A delightful and inexpensive Mosel Riesling–it is a bit off dry–I looked for documentation on sugar content but couldn’t find it.
Scent of quince, pear, apple and hint of cinnamon; palate of mineral, fleshy pear, apple and oyster shell.
Lodi Rosé courtesy of each producer and LoCa wines.
M. Chapoutier, Ferraton, Stella Proseccco and Nik Weis wines from the brands, importers and PR agency.
La Petite Marquise Crémant de Loire NV and Barth René Pinot Blanc is courtesy of me.
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