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Sparkling Rose Continued

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by this endeavor I’ve taken looking into sparkling rose. I purchased 3 more, two stateside and one from Greece. In retrospect, I’ve had the Greek sparkling rose before, but I want it with me on set for this next episode of Wine Whatevers.

Gruet Brut Rose: From New Mexico, USA. This sparkler is a beautiful, antique rose clor that is more concentrated in the center, than the bottom of the glass. the bubbles from Gruet Brut Rose are delicate, and centered, flowing quickly to the top, but without a foam layer on top. This wine is very dry, and highly acidic. I remember having this before, with the dinner I hosted before I took the Sommelier Exam. I paired it with Caprese salad on crostini, and it was perfect for cutting the fatty cheese and complemented the acid of the tomatoes. While the Gruet Brut Rose is not something that I’d serve without food, it certainly has it’s place.

Next up: Scharffenberger Brut Rose: From Mendocino County CA, USA. Scharffenberger Brut Rose is the palest rose I have seen to date. It appears to be an almost skin-tone peach, the barest blush on the cheeks of a pale woman. The bubbles are larger, gathering on the surface of the wine, creating a layer of fizz, not unlike soda. The aromas waft up to greet the nose, with peaches and cream, and sliced ripe strawberries under whipped cream. While it isn’t a terribly refined wine, it is intriguingly delightful. This wine is highly acidic, but the aromas are accurate to the flavors, strawberries, unsweetened peaches. I would pair this with pasta, tomato meat sauce, and garlic bread. It is a perfect accompaniment to an Italian dinner. The most frustrating thing is that none of the Champagne stoppers I own fit this bottle’s tiny neck, and thus, it must be shared, or dumped in libations in celebration of good company, should there be any present. In my case, a simple expandable stopper seems to plug it, though i a day or so, if I ignore it, the cork will shoot out scaring the be-geesus out of me.

I’m out of corks, and patience, so I will hold off on the review of the “Akakies” Sparkling Rose from Amyndeon Greece, vintage 2015. It’s deeper cherry, almost candied, than any of the other sparkling rose’s, and if memory serves, fruitier, and more approachable. It is a delightful example of the attitude that Greece it has been known for in the past, of jovial celebration, tradition, and mild revelry.

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Mas Donis Rosat 2013

Mas Donis Rosat 2013 was my second favorite Rose of this tasting. his wine comes from Capcanes, Spain. It’s composed of Grenache, Syrah, and Merlot. All of these grapes can be used for blending, Syrah, having the least history as a blending grape. All of these are big and juicy, yet the blend that Celler de Capcanes has created is light and delicate, like a rose, itself. It’s nose is roses, white peach stones, apricots, strawberries, and dark shale with hints of lava stone. Mas Donis Rosat is everything that a rose’ wine should be to me. It’s light, summery, enough body to feel like it was there, enough of a pleasant finish to ease you back to your feet after a “hello twirl” from a friendly companion, but doesn’t keep spinning you unpleasantly.
I was just speaking with a friend of mine about Rose’ wines. He said that he prefers them to reds, and wasn’t sure why. My response:
Rose’s are carefree, and light. They don’t feel like an undertaking. They’re a group out at the beach, or a road trip with hair blowing in the breeze. Reds are backbone, tradition, the cathedrals, and mountain top monasteries. Even at their lightest, reds are a night on horseback with a campfire. They still require planning, and at the least, already having the equipment in place.

Crios Rose of Malbec, by Susana Balbo in Argentina is a beautiful shade of deep magenta. The nose is lovely, with guava, cherries and flinty notes. Over the palate, it is similar, with watermelon, and surprising residual sugar.
After the first two rose’s, this wine is too heavy for my personal taste. It’s much too fruity, with too little body, and a terrible finish. The wine has a mouth feel, which is strange for a rose’, and it clings to the tongue too long, and turns sour at the back of the palate. While the Crios Rose might be lovely for one person, it certainly wasn’t for me. Crios Rose’ of Malbec is like a bad relationship with too much sugar, not enough substance, and a terrible, sour ending.

The Serra Lori Argiolas Rose is a deep rose color. This wine is heady, and fresh, laced with strawberries and pomegranate with a brilliant overtone of pineapple that reveals itself as the wine opens in the glass. This wine is very, very dry, but the acid counters it, rather than using fruit to balance out the dry feeling. This rose is recommended to be paired with fish stews, white meats, veggie soups, and spaghetti with sea urchine roe. Personally, I dislike most seafood, so this wasn’t my favorite wine. I paired it with a Cesar salad with garlic croutons, and the Serra Lori Argiolas rose stood up well, and was perfectly refreshing. This wine is lovely for it’s purpose, bu no a favorite.

Doyenne Rose 2013

This delicious rose’ blend from Yakima Valley, WA is a perfectly refreshing palate cleanser to any dinner. It’s a blend of some of the most unexpected French grapes, grown right here in the US. It’s 49% Grenache, 38% Mourvedre, and 13% Cinsault. While too many roses are unnecessarily sweet, marketed to the standard, soda drinking market. This wine has the classic salmon color that marks it as Mourvedre. Doyenne Rose is a delicious blend of pale strawberries, warm laundry, hints of raineer cherries wafting through on the summer breeze that carries the laundry scent, of lace bananas, mouth-wateringly refreshing apricots, pear aromas, and pink melon finishes. I really enjoyed this French American fusion.

A to Z Rose 2013

This is possibly the best Rose that I’ve ever had. Seeing that I’ve only had three or four, that’s not hard. At $12.99, it’s a steal. This rose is immediately dry, with strawberry waves of magnificent fresh fruit. The strawberry is refreshing, with geraniums, nectarines, and peaches. This wine is like picking up handfuls of fresh berries and squeezing at a farmer’s market. I loved this rose’- it was perfect with turkey at Easter, and easily enjoyable without food as well.