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WTN: five summer sippers

Postby Jenise » Wed Jun 21, 2006 10:00 pm

2004 LoTengo Torrontes (white)
Argentina
White grapefruit, white peach and yesterday's mowed grass clippings. A strong chill showed the fruit while warming showed all the grass--so, useful and interesting only when ice cold. Not outright awful, but there are so many other better wines to spend your money on, this is a waste but for the entertaining hologrammic label wherein a couple dances from one side to the other as you turn the bottle. $8.

2004 Tommasi Chiaretto Bardolino Classico Rose
Italy
In color, medium rose with a tawny hue. Tangy nose of cranberry juice, green apples, and some kind of flower. Rather assertive VA mostly blows off, but is not (for once) unattractive while it's there. Beguiling tea and watermelon flavors develop on the palate, though strong acidity makes it a better food wine than a sipper. Very good. $11.

2005 Yalumba Sangiovese Rose
South Australia
A rather Kool-Aid color of rosy red kind of had me expecting (and dreading) a sweeter wine, but alas, it was quite dry. Not particularly complex, but it packed a lot of Haut-Medoc-like dusty notes up front, and I love that character in wine. Any wine. Would have been perfectly happy to do my part in offing another bottle, had one been available. Good.

2005 Syncline Rose (40% Grenache, 28% Mouv, 20% Cinsault, 12% syrah)
Columbia Valley, Washington
Another suspiciously Kool-Aid colored wine, it's a saignee that produced just 346 cases and which has more complexity in the strawberry flavors than one grasps at first. Also, a bit more RS and alcohol (13.8), though it all somehow works with the strawberry flavors. Good. $14.

2004 The Wolftrap (Boekenhoutskloof) Rose
South Africa
Golden-rose color and made of 70% Syrah, 9% Grenache and 21% Cinsault. Flat-out the best of the wines listed here and the best value to boot: superbly balanced watermelon and pomegranite fruit with sandalwood and east India spices. Tangy, lively, just delicious. Excellent plus, and only $8.
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Re: WTN: five summer sippers

Postby Dave Erickson » Wed Jun 21, 2006 10:07 pm

Sangiovese rose...sangiovese rose from the Barossa Valley...oh, hell, if it tastes good, why not?
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Re: WTN: five summer sippers

Postby James Roscoe » Wed Jun 21, 2006 10:20 pm

There are so many good roses out there right now. It's probably the best wine value out there and it's hard to go wrong as long as as you have any basic idea of what to look for. You hit four out of five, not a bad average, and look at the qpr!
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Re: WTN: five summer sippers

Postby Jenise » Thu Jun 22, 2006 1:10 pm

Sangiovese rose...sangiovese rose from the Barossa Valley...oh, hell, if it tastes good, why not?


Barossa--maybe not. South Australia is a big state that includes many cooler areas than the Barossa Valley, so who knows where these grapes were grown but point taken--Australian Sangiovese isn't exactly intuitive. If you can control your inner snob long enough to overcome that, the giganto producer name Yalumba and the electric Kool-Aid color, though, there's a nice, minerally thirst quencher here that has lower alcohol and less sweetness than any I've tried from my home state so far. Gotta give 'em credit.
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