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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Chateau Saint Martin De La Garrigue – Rose, 2016

  • Basic info: Chateau Saint Martin de la Garrigue, Bronzinelle Languedoc Rose, Provence, France, 2016
  • Type: Rose
  • Price estimate: $18 (? – from Weekly Tasting pack, so I’m not certain)
  • Look: Salmon pink in color with descent legs
  • Smell: strawberry, cherry and some mineral
  • Taste: light berry, hint of mineral and salt, very light. Weird taste in the middle and back of this wine and very alcoholic tasting.
  • Conclusions: I love rose so I wanted to love this wine. It started out really great, but that weird taste kept intruding on my enjoyment of the wine. I ended up not finishing my glass and am not sure we will have any more from the bottle. I don’t think it was a bad bottle, just not one that we liked.
  • Other notes: The smell and first sip of this wine was really lovely, but I just could not drink it. There is an odd taste in the wine, and I think it may be gooseberry (based on the descriptor of the wine) that I just didn’t like. The grapes in this wine are Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah.
  • From the bottle: From the Weekly Tasting notes, “Strawberry, red cherries, red currants and orange zest with a marked flintiness on the nose. The wine is rich in body for a rose and has an incredible silky texture. ” 14% alcohol by volume.

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Winzer Krems – Zweifelt, 2016

  • Basic info: Winzer Krems Rose Zweigelt, Austria, 2016
  • Type: Rose
  • Price estimate: $12 (Total Wine)
  • Look: Pink with a tinge of orange at the edges. Minimal legs.
  • Smell: Apricot and peach
  • Taste: very light, tangy, crisp. Peach and cranberry notes on the palate. The second day this was open there was a slightly weird aftertaste that I didn’t get the first day. Not bad, just not there the first day.
  • Conclusions: This is a perfectly acceptable rose for summer. It has a touch of sweetness to it, but that cuts the tart cranberry taste nicely. It is by no means the best rose I’ve ever had, but it will definitely so for a glass of something with dinner.
  • Other notes: I love the red version of this grade and try to find zweigelt whenever I can. It is a great dry, drinkable red wine. Will it win awards for depth and character? Not the ones I’ve tasted, but sometimes you just want to enjoy a glass of wine and not think about it too much. This rose, or the red cousin, is perfect for that.
  • From the bottle: No bottle notes, but from Total wine, “A touch of cranberry plays on the nose of this wine. The palate shows that same tart freshness, assisted by lemony notes and a slight spritz. An easy, uncomplicated and refreshing summer wine.” 11.5% alcohol by volume.

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12 e mezzo, Rosato del Salento, no vintage

  • Basic info: Varvaglione 12 e mezzo Rosato del Salento – Puglia, Italy, no vintage
  • Type: pink/rose
  • Price estimate:$13 (local wine store)
  • Look: Pale orange, almost apricot in color. very few legs.
  • Smell: Peach, apricot and white grape.
  • Taste: There is a bit of effervesce on the first taste, very light and clean. White peach and apricot flavors. Bob got a definite strawberry and some light minerality.
  • Conclusions: This is a great back porch wine. It is light, refreshing and a little different than some pink wines. It has just a little bit of bubbles, but it isn’t a sparkling wine. Perfect for summer.
  • Other notes: We tried this one at one of our local wine store’s Friday night wine tastings and both Bob and I thought it was great. It has a unique color and it drinks like a very light alcohol wine. We had  glass with dinner, then another glass on the back patio a few hours later. It was the perfect wine for sipping.
  • From the bottle: “Elegant, pleasant and slightly sparkling. On the nose fresh fruit meets harmoniously white flower scents while on the palate it shows up with liveliness. ” 12.5% alcohol by volume.

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