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Rosé and Rosado


Of the trio of rosé bottles we have recently drunk I recommend the 2012 Bernard Baudry and the 2012 Chateau Miraval of Jolie-Pitt & Perrin.  At $20 and $23 per bottle they are approaching the expensive side of summer-time drinking but they both have merits.  The Bernard Baudry should not be drunk too cool.  If you store your bottle in the refrigerator then pour a glass and let it stand for 10-15 minutes before drinking.  What I found is a wine with compelling flavors which continued to expand and last in my mouth.  This drank well on the first two nights as every mouthful caught my attention.  The much publicized Chateau Miraval has a strong nose.  It smelled great throughout the entire bottle and was supported by the flavors.  The 2012 Ameztoi, Rubentis was interesting but the acidity was a bit too much for me so try it with food.  I typically drink rosé while I am grilling outside so a wine that can handle the warmth and be drunk alone is what works best for me.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Bernard Baudry, Rosé, Chinon – $20
Imported by Louis/Dressner.  This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc which was directly pressed.  Alcohol 13%.  The color was a light, dried rose and copper.  The fresh nose bore sharper aromas and lees.  In the mouth there were building flavors of red fruit like strawberry.  There was a grainy texture.  The flavors continued to build in the mouth and providing a long-lasting and expansive aftertaste.  The acidity started on the tongue tip then moved to the back of the throw as the texture built up.  *** Now.

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2012 Jolie-Pitt & Perrin, Chateau Miraval, Rosé, Cotes du Provence – $23
Imported by Vineyard Brands.  This wine is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Rolle of which the Syrah was vinified by saignee and the other directly pressed.  Alcohol 13%.  The color was a very light dried rose.  The nose was aromatic with floral and fruity notes.  In the mouth there were pastille flavors and acidity.  The wine became almost chalky with drier flavors and some weight to the small berry flavors.  There was a longish aftertaste with a little texture.  The nose always had an attractive bouquet.  *** Now.

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2012 Ameztoi, Rubentis, Rosado, Getariako Txakolina – $18
Imported by De Maison Selections.  This wine is a blend of 50% Hondaribi Zuri and 50% Hondarribi Beltza sourced from vines up to 150+ years of age.  It was fermented in stainless steel.  Alcohol 10.5%.  the color was a very light rose.  The delicate nose had aromas of dried fruit and dried flowers.  The wine was slightly spritzy on the tongue with bracing acidity.    After the bracing start there were flavors of dried red fruit and dried herbs.  The acidity returned in the finish along with some lees-like flavors.  Best with food.  ** Now-2014.

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  1. June 28, 2013 at 11:31 am

    The Baudry Chinon Rose 2012 is so awesome. Everything I love about Chinon rose. And you’re right on about that Rubentis… the acid is seeeeearing! But I loved it. I whipped up a salad with a strawberry vinegarette dressing, and the pairing was great. Cheers!

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