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WTN: Red Bicyclette 2005 French Rose VdP d'Oc

Postby Tyler Brebbermann » Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:38 pm

I've started doing a weekly wine tasting at the small italian restaurant I work at and before the summer ends I want to do a rose tasting. The wine rep brought in samples of the only 2 rose wines they have that aren't considered blush. I've never felt compelled to buy this in the grocery store, but I'm glad I tried it:

Red Bicyclette 2005 French Rose VdP D’oc Rose (Syrah) 13 %

This wine has a transparent red color. The nose is filled with fruity, flowery spice. On the palate the wine is tart, acidic and medium bodied, the tastes following the nose. The fruit is a rather full and the wine is somewhat sweet, but the body carries this rather well. The finish lingers and isn’t unpleasant. This is a little bit larger than I like rose to be, but is certainly not a bad wine.

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Re: WTN: Red Bicyclette 2005 French Rose VdP d'Oc

Postby Dave Moritz » Fri Jul 28, 2006 12:37 pm

Tyler:
Thanks for the fine note on this budget rose.
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Re: WTN: Red Bicyclette 2005 French Rose VdP d'Oc

Postby wrcstl » Fri Jul 28, 2006 12:49 pm

Tyler Brebbermann wrote:The wine rep brought in samples of the only 2 rose wines they have that aren't considered blush. Tyler


Tyler,
What does the rep mean blush vs rose? Thought all were wines from red grapes with minimal skin contact.
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Re: WTN: Red Bicyclette 2005 French Rose VdP d'Oc

Postby wnissen » Fri Jul 28, 2006 12:55 pm

wrcstl wrote:
Tyler Brebbermann wrote:The wine rep brought in samples of the only 2 rose wines they have that aren't considered blush. Tyler


Tyler,
What does the rep mean blush vs rose? Thought all were wines from red grapes with minimal skin contact.
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"Blush" is the industry euphemism for "sweet as hell electric pink wine," whereas rose' is basically a dry table wine with limited or no residual sugar. Still, I'm impressed that Gallo would come up with a good-tasting, only slightly spoofulated rose', especially since I've seen the Bicyclette wines for as little as six bucks around here. Thanks, Tyler.

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Re: WTN: Red Bicyclette 2005 French Rose VdP d'Oc

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Fri Jul 28, 2006 9:41 pm

Thanks Tyler, got to look for that one. Better still call the rep!!
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