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Odds and Ends & Validation!

Grocery stores seeking way around alcohol sales ban.  I have mixed feelings about this.  Comments anyone?  I do admit that I stop at the Leesburg Costco from time to time to get wine.

Good op-ed piece in the Sun on this issue by Adam Borden president of MBBWL.

And finally on Monday I posted about the best rose I have had in ages.  Well it seems that I am not the only one who feels this way.  In today’s wine column in the Washington Post Dave McIntyre gives the Alexander Valley Vineyards Dry Rose of Sangiovese the highest rating out of all the rose he reviewed.  Refined palate or just plebeian tastes?  I know which theory I’m going with.


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Alexander Valley Vineyards- Dry Rose of Sangiovese 2011

I’m secure enough in my manhood to proclaim my love of a good  rose.  Of course not the blush, white zin type of crap.  And boy did I love the rose I just had.  Alexander Valley Vineyards “Dry Rose of Sangiovese” 2011. This was a bright scarlet wine, with tons of flavors of strawberry, watermelon and a touch of tropical fruit.  Medium acidity with the barest hint of sweetness at the end.  The best rose I have had in a long, long time especially at this price.  I’m violating my rule of making sure I buy more before I post here, but I got it at the Frederick Wine House for around $12 if I recall.  I’m going to get a bunch for the summer. 100% Sangiovese, fermented in stainless steel.  13.2% ABV

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Rose Tease Part II

So  I went back to buy the rose from Frederick Wine House and they were all sold out.  I found out this week that it was because MY PARENTS went and bought them out after hearing me rave and tasting it.  I’m going to have to up my security level even higher.  At least maybe I can drink some on their nickel.  In case you are wondering the wine was 2009 Toad Hollow Pinot Noir Eye of the Toad.  I gave it a solid 89 points and my notes said: “Very very nice. Orangey- red color. Nose of strawberry with hint of candy. Flavors of tangerine, strawberry, lemon and a hint of minerality. Dry finish. A delicious rose and a good value.”

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Rose Tease

Had the best rose I’ve had all season, but I’m not going to post it here until I go buy a few more bottles.  I learned my lesson after the Tapena incident.

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2008 Tapena Vino de la Tierra de Castilla

Regular readers know what a fan I am of good rose wines.  They are the duct tape of the wine world: with their unmatched versatility you can use them in all sorts of situations:  sipping on the patio, paired with barbeque or just about any summer fare, as base for sangria, to name a few.  In our house they are the quintessential summer wines.  So I’d like to share with you a wonderful rose we had the other night:  2008 Tapena Vino de la Tierra de Castilla.  I got this from the Frederick Wine House for around $10.  It was a really bright ruby red color.  It had vibrant flavors of strawberry and cherry kirsch with a hint of  tropical fruit.  Medium acidity.  Served refrigerator cold it was great.  Both of us felt it was a  fun rose and a decent value.  I gave it a solid 88.  I’m also going back to get a few more bottles.

UPDATE:  went back to get a few more bottles and they were sold out.  Note to self:  must buy the bottles BEFORE I blog about it.  The owner said he thought they would get some more in.

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2008 Estampa Rose

Estampa Rose

Now that warmer weather is upon us I usually turn to those lighter summer wines.  Top of my list are rosé wines.  Rosé wines have been making resurgence in recent years and if you seek out some good ones you’ll know why.  These are not the sweet cloying ‘white zin’ you may remember.  Neither red nor white they make a terrific patio wine or as an accompaniment with a wide range of foods. 

A recent one I found was the 2008 Estampa rosé.  This is a Chilean wine made from 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Syrah.  It had a nice deep red color- on the bolder side for a rosé.  It had a strong nose of cherry jolly rancher. Lots of cherry and white peach on the palate, but not sweet at all. Nice crisp acidity with a surprisingly long finish. A terrific rosé!  This was about $12 (I don’t remember exactly and I couldn’t find my receipt) from the Spirit Shoppe on 7th Street.

Wine School:  Rosé wines are not meant to age.  Look for the most recent vintage you can find.  This means you should be drinking the 2007 or 2008 vintages now.

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