Pheasant’s Tears – Kakheti, 2015

  • Basic info: Pheasant’s Tears, Kakheti Rkatsiteli, Tibaani, Georgia – 2015
  • Type: Rose
  • Price estimate: $18 (Chamber Street Wines)
  • Look: Cranberry color with a hint of orange
  • Smell: Not much smell. Smelled liked wine.
  • Taste: Interesting taste – not much there. No real discernible flavors. Slightly woody on the back end, but not tree-bark like.
  • Conclusions: Eh. I thought it was fine.
  • Other notes: We had this wine on vacation with friends because we were really curious about it and it ended up with two very different opinions. Bob, John, and Erin hated it on the first sip – so much so that they would not go back for a second sip. Ed and I both thought it was fine. It wasn’t offensive and it didn’t have anything distinctive in the taste. I can’t say it was enjoyable, but I didn’t find it bad at all. I’m glad we tried it, especially after hearing about it on a podcast and on an Anthony Bourdain show. It was interesting but not something I need to try again.
  • From the bottle: No bottle notes, but from Chamber Street, “the wine shows an electric raspberry robe in the glass. Aromas of dried apricot angle with walnuts and wildflower honey. A crunchy acidity gives lip-smacking texture to flavors of red cherries, almond skin and ripe strawberries. Fine, grippy tannins make this rose perfect for a cool summer evening.” 11.5% alcohol by volume.

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