2005 Chinook Winery Cab Franc Rose
This wine has quite a following here, and it's release is something looked forward to every summer. I've been waiting to find out why. So yesterday when we were at a wine store called the Purple Smile we ran into our friends Jim and Carol, so I bought a bottle of this out of the cooler and proprietor Jeff served it to us in Riedel glasses at one of his sidewalk tables.
I want to pause for a moment so y'all can reflect on how cool this is, to buy a bottle and consume it at a sidewalk table right there on the spot. Not a restaurant, not a wine bar--just a wine store.
Anyway, the wine: nice fresh strawberry nose. So far, so good, right? Then the taste: little up front, then straight to a bitter, quinine-like offdry finish. I was crushed...I've been waiting three years--for THIS? Then it warmed up, and the strawberries really filled out the middle, along with a dash of basil and pepper, which brought the RS and the bitter note into balance. Question is, did I like it? Well, while sitting there on the sidewalk drinking it with my good friends and talking about how they'll never be able to drag any of us away from this wonderful town, I loved it. But I have to be honest: it's not my style of rose. I'm just never going to get along with that much residual sugar, and I miss the tang and zip of drier styles like the 04 Muga we had last weekend.
My wine shopping and I have never had a problem. Just a perpetual race between the bankruptcy court and Hell.--Rogov