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AUGUST 2020 REVIEWS

 


NEW FOR AUGUST:


RED WINES

OREGON - RED

2018 McKinlay Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon (O) 15.99 / 172.69

McKinlay winemaker Matt Kinne’s Pinots are always so elegant, so effortlessly balanced, so sneakily Burgundian. Thanks to organic viticulture, low yields, native yeast fermentation, and minimal intervention, McKinlay’s 2018 Willamette Valley offering is the season’s most deliciously spicy and wonderfully affordable Pinot Noir. The wine opens with a transparent pale garnet hue and beautifully pure and classic Willamette Valley Pinot aromas of black cherries, earthy cranberries, rose petals, and sweet cinnamon. Suave and lively on the palate, crunchy red raspberry and tart cherry fruit notes are complicated by juicy, balancing acidity, savory tannins, and a hint of cinnamon-scented potpourri. The wine finishes long, clean, and lingering, reprising notes of sweet cherries, red raspberries, and smoky terroir. Bright and precocious, McKinlay’s 2018 drinks exceptionally well now, but the wine’s impeccable balance bodes well for three to five years’ ageing in your cool cellar. Enjoy this pure, authentic, soil-driven, and affordable Willamette Valley Pinot with broiled salmon, roast chicken, grilled vegetables, seared duck breasts, and burgers hot off the grill.

FRANCE – RED

2018 Michel Sarrazin, Givry, "Sous la Roche," Burgundy, France (S) 26.99 / 291.49

The brothers Guy and Jean-Yves Sarrazin have crafted a Cote Chalonnaise rouge that conveys Givry’s charm and silky texture imbued with Burgundy’s inimitable soil signature. A deep ruby color, Sarrazin’s Givry – from 40-year old vines – opens with gloriously pure aromas of Bing cherry and red currant fruit accented by hints of game and violet petals. Stony clay-limestone notes emerge on the palate to buoy the wine’s chewy fruit core. Fine, soft tannins emerge mid-palate alongside hints of sandalwood, licorice, and black tea to segue the Givry to its deep and authentically Burgundian finish. For those of us who prefer our Burgundies pure, focused, and, above all, elegant, this beauty over-delivers at a most modest price. Enjoy now and over the coming seven years with gratin dauphinois, roast duck, grilled salmon, and recipes highlighting sauteed mushrooms.

2017 Joseph Drouhin, Cote de Beaune-Villages, Burgundy, France 29.99 / 323.89

Drouhin blends wines from the finest villages in the Cote de Beaune to fashion this superb Cote de Beaune-Villages. A brilliant, translucent red-ruby color in the glass, the 2017 Drouhin Cote de Beaune-Villages exudes elegance, offering a bouquet of loganberry and red currant fruit infused with menthol, spice, and Burgundian limestone soil. Drouhin’s Cote de Beaune-Villages opens on the palate to express a kernel of red fruits mingling with fine, suave tannins and complex suggestions of wood smoke, game, rose petals, and eucalyptus. Showing the precociousness and conviviality of Burgundy’s 2017 vintage, the wine finishes long and graceful with reprises of red fruits, smoky soil, and woodsy, earthy undertones. As Burgundy prices continue to escalate, Drouhin’s Cote de Beaune-Villages represents a rare value play that oozes authentic elegance and earthiness at a very comfortable price. Enjoy this lovely Cote de Beaune now and over the coming five years with full bodied, savory fare such as gratin dauphinois, duck, roast chicken, and pork. Limited: only fourteen cases available

2018 Domaine des Terres Blanches, "Anjou Demon," Loire Valley, France (CO)
18.99 / 205.09

Celine and Benoît Blet organically farm their small central Loire Valley domaine in the village of Oiron about 25 miles south of Saumur. Their Anjou Demon – fashioned from Cabernet Franc – reaches new heights in the generous 2018 Loire Valley vintage. A classic, translucent claret color in the glass, Terres Blanches’ Anjou Demon opens with aromas of ripe black currants and black raspberries accented by Earl Grey tea, licorice, cracked black pepper, and fresh jalapenos. Generous yet propelled by smoky minerality and bristling acidity, the wine layers the palate with black stone fruits accented by hints of tobacco, violets, flinty soil, and appetizing herbal notes. Finishing spicy and cinnamon-tinged, the wine expresses chewy licorice notes alongside firm tannins and a lovely powdered stone soil signature. Delicious and savory today, the Anjou Demon has the poise and the balance to reward three to five years’ aging in your cool cellar. Pair this superb Anjou Rouge with charcuterie, aged goat cheeses, braised rabbit and pork dishes, and grilled hanger steaks.

ITALY – RED

2018 Travaglini, Coste della Sesia, Nebbiolo, Alto Piemonte, Italy (S)
17.99 / 194.29

Travaglini’s Coste della Sesia – essentially a declassified Gattinara – is Nebbiolo grown on rocky soils at 900-1,150 feet above sea level. The wine casts a translucent cherry-garnet robe followed by aromas of tart cherries, pomegranate seeds, dusty earth, rose petals, and licorice. Sporting fine, buffered tannins and begging for food, Travaglini’s Nebbiolo alternates waves of wild cherry and red currant fruit with complex suggestions of dusty limestone and ferrous minerals, blond leather, and pink peppercorns. The wine finishes vibrant, savory, and soil transparent with firm, lip-dusting tannins propelling nuances of spicy cinnamon bark, Alpine herbs, and earthy kasha kernels. This is a superb Alto Piemonte rosso for hearty summer barbeques, stews, braises, pizzas, pastas, and recipes spotlighting earthy mushrooms or buckwheat. Enjoy now and over the coming seven years.

2019 Ca’ La Bionda, Valpolicella Classico, Veneto, Italy (CO) 14.99 / 161.89

Valpolicella in its most honest form is light framed, elegant, gorgeously perfumed, deliciously drinkable, and incredibly versatile at the table. Ca’ La Bionda’s Valpo succeeds smashingly well in all these categories. A classic blend of Corvina (70%), Corvinone (20%), Rondinella, and Molinara grown in Valpolicella’s historic Classico zone, Ca’ La Bionda’s Valpo shines with a bright translucent ruby hue followed by aromas of sweet cherries, freshly crushed raspberries, dried orange peel, spicy cinnamon, and Assam black tea. Bright and zesty on the palate, the wine saturates the palate with a bright kernel of juicy pomegranate, red currant, and raspberry fruit complemented by suggestions of white pepper, blood orange, and limestone minerals. The long, chewy finish features waves of red fruits buoyed by a limestone soil undercurrent, which make it both a joy to drink by itself and also a natural partner for light pasta dishes, semi-firm cheeses, lasagna with a bechamel sauce, and delicate poultry recipes. Enjoy now and over the coming three years.

NV Calabretta, Vino Rosso, "Cala Cala," Sicily, Italy (O) 18.99 / 205.09

Etna is Italy’s hippest wine zone right now, and with one sip of this wine you’ll understand why. Cala Cala means “gulp gulp” in Sicilian dialect. It is the perfect moniker for this delicious and eminently gulpable blend of Nerello Mascalese (95%) and Nerello Cappuccio. Organically grown on the slopes of Mount Etna, Calabretta’s vin de soif opens with a transparent red ruby color and a beautiful, exotic bouquet of wild cherries, five spice, cured meat, cloves, and cinnamon. Fresh and lively on the palate, expressions of spicy cherries, red licorice, cloves, and wintergreen mingle with a spicy, peppery Etna soil signature. Savory tannins emerge on the wine’s back-palate and segue it to a long, appetizing finish that reprises suggestions of cherries, red currants, cinnamon, volcanic earth, and leather. The Cala Cala’s freshness, brightness, and balance make it easy to enjoy by itself or, ideally, as a versatile partner to roast meats, eggplant parmigiana, pastas, pizzas, burgers, pork braises… just about anything but seafood. Enjoy now and over the coming two years.

SPAIN – RED

2019 Bodegas O’Ventosela, Mencia, "Gran Leirina," Ribeiro, Galicia, Spain (S)
13.99 / 151.09

This is one unbelievably delicious, tangy, and compelling Mencia! Nestled at the eastern edge of Galicia, the Ribeiro DO is one of Spain’s most fascinating and compelling wine regions. Famed for their white wines, a mere 15% of Ribeiro’s production is red, and usually a blend of indigenous varieties. The Bodegas O’Ventosela’s Gran Leirina is crafted from 100% Mencia grown on sandy, granitic soils in the Ribeiro’s finest climats near the Portuguese border. The Gran Leirina casts an opaque plum ruby hue, followed by pure, peppery black fruits mingling with hints brown spices, tangy acidity and smoky granitic minerality. Lightly tannic, juicy, and driven by its granitic backbone, the wine adds suggestions of cracked black pepper, star anise, cinnamon, tobacco, and persistent waves of smoky, mineral-driven cherry and plum fruit. The O’Ventosela Gran Leirina will prove a lovely partner over the coming three years with roast pork, chorizo, paellas, tapas, grilled mushrooms, braised rabbit, and recipes featuring smoky pimenton.


WHITE WINES

OREGON – WHITE

2018 Jacob Martin, Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, Oregon 18.99 / 205.09

Thanks in part to Eric Asimov’s recent New York Times article, Oregon Chardonnay has never been hotter. We’ve championed the finest Willamette Valley Chards for decades, and we’re absolutely thrilled to introduce this superb 2018 Chardonnay from the Jacob Martin winery. Jacob is McKinlay winemaker Matt Kinne's son, and his Chardonnay perpetuates the theme of elegance and authenticity handed down from father to son. Jacob Martin’s 2018 Chardonnay is old-vine 108 clone, the clone from Louis Martini’s Carneros vineyard transported to Oregon when the Willamette Valley was first planted. In the glass, the wine casts a limpid pale gold hue followed by lovely aromas of gardenia blossoms, lemongrass, and salty, preserved lemon. Rich on the palate yet impeccably focused and balanced, Jacob Martin’s Chardonnay alternates waves of lemon, freshly pressed ginger root, riveting acidity, and smoky soil. We love how crisp citrus fruit lifts the wine’s zesty, generous palate expression to make for one heck of a Willamette Valley Chardonnay – and a great Chardonnay value. Enjoy this dynamic new release now and over the coming three years with broiled salmon, freshwater fishes in a beurre blanc sauce, light poultry preparations, sauteed vegetables, and rich potatoes au gratin.

FRANCE – WHITE

2018 Domaine Leon Boesch, Pinot Blanc, "La Cabane," Alsace, France (B)
16.99 / 183.49

This is textbook Pinot Blanc-Auxerrois in the full-throttle Alsatian style. The family Boesch are eleventh generation Alsatian vignerons who adhere to the mystical principles of biodynamics to grow and vinify their exemplary range of traditional Alsatian varietal wines. A blend of Pinot Auxerrois (70%) and Pinot Blanc, Boesch’s “La Cabane” – a tribute to stone cottage in the middle of the Pinot Blanc vineyard – casts a pale lemon-gold in the glass followed by smoky aromas of pineapple, white grapefruit, mesquite smoke, and preserved ginger. Fresh and intense on the attack, kaleidoscopic expressions of Comice pears, passion fruit, green apple, and ginger explode on the palate deepened and crystallized by a deft glaze of smoky botrytis. Impressively powerful and long, the wine will pair well with duck a l’orange, sausages atop sauerkraut, gratin dauphinois, choucroute garni, and assertive cheeses like Munster, Taleggio or Epoisses.

ITALY – WHITE

2018 Ciro Picariello, Fiano, Irpinia DOP, Campania, Italy 17.99 / 194.29

Undoubtedly the noblest of all southern Italian white grape varieties is the great Fiano. Fiano thrives in the southern Italian province of Campania and, like all the world’s greatest varietals, is sensitive to the soils on which it grows. Ciro Picariello – one of the undisputed superstar producers of Fiano – fashions his Irpinia bottling from vines grown at 2,100 feet above sea level on clay, loam, and sandstone soils. The 2018 Fiano reflects a limpid medium gold hue segueing to reveal aromas of lime zest, golden apple, and papaya infused with iodine-like volcanic mineral notes. On the palate, the wine expresses a fruity kernel of fresh lemon, pear, nectarine, and tangerine, countered with complex suggestions of wintergreen, juniper, and bay leaf. Long and simply delicious, Ciro Picariello’s Fiano finishes clean and refreshing with reprises of citrus and orchard fruits. Try this reference-setting Fiano now and over the next three years with shellfish, calamari, tuna, roasted branzino, and olive oil-sauced pasta dishes.

2019 Tenuta le Velette, Orvieto Classico, "Berganorio," Umbria, Italy 12.50 / 135.00

The dynamic Tenuta le Velette estate produces one of the Orvieto zone’s most complete and exciting portfolios. Orvieto, one of Umbria’s most renowned white wines, is at its best when made from fruit grown on the tufaceous soils and bedrock found in the region’s Classico zone. Fashioned from a blend of Trebbiano (30%), Grechetto (30%), Malvasia Bianco, Verdello and Drupeggio, Le Velette’s 2019 Berganorio casts a pale lemon-gold color from the glass, followed by aromas of Key lime zest, green plums, honeysuckle, and soft minerals. Crisp and brisk on the palate, the Berganorio conveys suggestions of kiwi, green apple skin, grapefruit pith, and bay leaf. The wine finishes long, dry, and persistent with further suggestions of citrus fruit, menthol and an appetizing hint of sweet almonds. A terrific wine for shellfish, freshwater fish dishes, light poultry preparations, white pasta dishes, sauteed green vegetables, and fresh cheeses, enjoy the Berganorio now and through the coming year.

2018 Paolo Scavino, Langhe Bianco, "Sorriso," Piedmont, Italy 16.99 / 183.49

Enrico Scavino and his two daughters, Enrica and Elisa, run the legendary Paolo Scavino estate in Barolo’s hallowed Castiglione Falletto zone. Their enviable vineyard portfolio encompasses eighteen of Barolo’s finest sites, including the grands crus Rocche dell’Annunziata, Prapo, Rocche di Castiglione, Bric dël Fiasc, Cannubi and Monvigliero. Scavino’s sole white wine, Sorriso, is a fascinating blend of Chardonnay (40%), Sauvignon Blanc (40%), and Viognier. Pale gold with green glints, Scavino’s Sorriso casts gorgeous aromas of white peaches, apricots, grapefruit pith, honeysuckle blossoms, and freshly chopped herbs. Full-bodied yet deft, the Sorriso conveys a juicy kernel of lime, apricot, and peach backed by a riveting mineral current and complex suggestions of sappy cashew, rubbed sage, and wintergreen. Long, and complex way beyond its price tag, the Sorriso finishes brisk and clean with finishing suggestions of zesty citrus fruit. This will prove a terrific warm weather selection that will pair nicely with Dover sole, brook trout, delicate poultry preparations, grilled summer squashes, and other lighter fare. Drink now or over the coming three years. Limited.

2019 Marchetti-Tenuta del Cavaliere, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore, Marches, Italy 14.99 / 161.89

Verdicchio is central Italy’s most distinctive white varietal. The mineral-rich soils of the Classico Superiore sector of the Marches’ Castelli di Jesi zone imbue the finest Verdicchios with impressive complexity and a deeply etched soil signature. A rich medium gold hue in the bowl, Marchetti’s incredibly expressive Verdicchio Classico Superiore opens with deep aromas of sweet snap peas, apricots, cassia, tarragon, and green peppercorns. On the palate, the wine conveys an impressively concentrated kernel of pear, yellow plum, and star fruit backed by brisk acidity, a smoky mineral undercurrent, and complex suggestions of oolong tea, candied ginger, and honeycomb. Full bodied and palate-staining, yet balanced and elegant, this impressive and comfortably priced Verdicchio is ready to drink now and over the coming five years. Pair it with hearty fare that calls for a bold white wine, like swordfish, fresh albacore tuna, rabbit, zucchini gratin, white pizzas, and pastas dressed with olive oil, garlic, and summer vegetables. Limited.


ROSE WINES

Summer Rose Sampler ... 178.09 12-bottle case  reg. 199.99

A fantastic set of six summer rose from all over the world, two bottles of each selection:

  • Timothy Malone Columbia Gorge Nebbiolo Rosato
  • Crowley Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Rose
  • Poggio Anima Terre Siciliana Rosato "Raphael"
  • Domaine Montrose Cotes de Thongue "Prestige"
  • Chateau la Mascaronne Cotes de Provence Rose "Quat'saisons"
  • Rezabal Txakoli Rose

 

Also still available:

RED WINES

2016 Chateau Recougne, Bordeaux Superieur, Bordeaux, France 14.99/161.89

Perched on a well-drained hillside near the border of Lalande-de-Pomerol, Chateau Recougne's siliceous clay soil is rich in iron oxides and an outstanding terroir for the cultivation of the noble red Bordeaux varieties. Casting an opaque black-plum color in the glass, Recougne’s 2016 Bordeaux Superieur – a blend of Merlot (78%), Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon – offers classic Right Bank aromas of plums, cherries, cassis, tobacco, cedar, and earth. Sporting plentiful fine tannins and a velvety texture, the wine blossoms on the palate with further suggestions of chocolate, herbs, and graphite minerals. Lovely notes of cassis and cigar box reemerge on the long, generous finish. We love the 2016 Bordeaux vintage and encourage you to buy this superb value by the case. It drinks impressively well now but will mature effortlessly over the coming five to seven years, developing additional complexity and nuance. Pair with roast beef, game birds, hearty roasts of lamb, and earthy braised lentils. “One of the best Bordeaux Superieurs money can buy…” – Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

2018 Punta Crena, Rossese, Vigneto Isasco, Rivera Ligure di Ponente, Liguria, Italy 19.99/215.89 reg. 23.99

The rare Rossese grape – known as Tibouren in nearby Provence – is much beloved by the tiny number of producers who work with it and understand it. The Ruffino family has been tending vineyards on steep terraced hills above the Mediterranean for over 500 years. All the care, attentiveness, and backbreaking labor required to farm this site result in one of the most joyful and lighthearted reds you will encounter. Punta Crena’s 2018 Rossese Vigneto Isasco casts a transparent garnet robe with faint orange highlights followed by an utterly unique piquant, spicy nose that brings to mind bitter cherries, cranberries, rhubarb, lilac, and lemongrass. Juicy and bursting with cherry fruit, the wine seems infused with lavender, sandalwood, and rose potpourri, which imbues the wine with a compellingly delicious woodsy and herbal sensation we’ve never before encountered. A savory clay soil signature and lingering impressions of sweet cherries come to the fore on the wine’s long finish. Joyful and delicious yet seriously unique, enjoy Punta Crena’s Rossese as a light red with anchovies, fritto misto, pizza, dry-rubbed baby back ribs, and grilled vegetables.

2015 Vina Olabarri, Rioja Reserva, Spain 18.99/205.09

A perennial newsletter favorite, the great Olabarri estate is back with a masterpiece of a traditional Rioja Reserva. Opaque black cherry in the glass, Vina Olabarri’s 2015 Reserva unfurls with a classic Rioja nose of black plums, spicy cherries, cigar tobacco, vanilla, and salty minerals. Lush on the palate, this traditional Tempranillo (90%) and Graciano blend offers lip-smacking wild cherry and tart plum fruit complemented by hints of tobacco, button mushrooms, limestone soil, and classic Rioja barrel notes. Firm, food-friendly tannins emerge on the back palate to segue Olabarri’s Reserva to its impressively complex finish, featuring suggestions of cinnamon, sarsaparilla, and sandalwood. After two years in barrel and another year in bottle, this beauty is ready for your table served with meat tapas, grilled lamb, roast beef, burgers, vegetarian lasagna, and patatas bravas. While this Reserva is superb now, it has the structure and stuffing to age effortlessly for another decade or more. Superb!


WHITE WINES

FRANCE – WHITE

2016 Les Rocailles, Apremont, Savoie, France (S) 16.99/183.49

A true earthly paradise nestled in the French Alps, Apremont is one of the Savoie’s most hallowed villages, featuring cool, sub-alpine limestone slopes where the indigenous Jacquere grape reaches its greatest expression. Fashioned exclusively from the indigenous Jacquere grape, this low alcohol refresher from Les Rocailles brings to mind crisp Alpine breezes and pure mountain spring water. A gleaming lemon-gold in the glass with green reflections, Les Rocailles’ Apremont presents a lovely bouquet of citrus blossoms, greengage plums, fresh fennel, and limestone minerals. What follows is a crisp, crunchy palate expression of gooseberries, green apple skin, lemon balm, and freshly minced herbs. Bone dry and bristling with Alpine purity, this is a glorious white for year ’round enjoyment as an aperitif. It will also make a fantastic complement to smoked trout, white-fleshed fish dishes in a beurre blanc sauce, oysters, salads, fondue, and cheese plates featuring semi-firm cow’s milk cheeses from the Jura, Savoie, and Switzerland. Enjoy now and over the coming two years.

2018 Domaine des Guidoirs, Muscadet Sevre & Maine Sur Lie, Loire Valley, France (S)
11.50/124.20

For four generations, the Nouet family has nurtured its 57-acre estate located on the banks of the Sevre River. An unusually windy site, the prevailing currents layer Guidoirs’ vines with fresh salty sea breeze from the nearby Atlantic. Guidoirs’ Muscadet hails from Le Pallet, one of Muscadet’s finest crus, which features complex terroirs. Pale green-gold in the glass, Guidoirs’ Muscadet projects impressions of Williams pear skin and yellow plums infused with flint and saline minerals. Clean, zesty, and incisively dry on the palate, the wine conveys impressions of lime zest, green apples, quinine, and fresh ginger. Muscadet always delights as an aperitif, but it shines brightest when paired with briny oysters on the half-shell, pan-roasted mussels, flash fried razor clams, Dover sole, and sauteed green vegetables. Enjoy Guidoirs’ Muscadet now and over the coming five years.

PORTUGAL - WHITE

2018 Anselmo Mendes, Passaros, Loureiro, Vinho Verde, Portugal 11.99/129.49

Anselmo Mendes is highly sought after as a winemaking consultant by many of Portugal’s elite wine producers. At his home estate, Mendes takes Vinho Verde to the highest level by focusing on the region’s most characterful varietals as expressed from their most prestigious terroirs. Mendes’s 2018 Loureiro single-varietal Vinho Verde hails from the Lima River Valley where it thrives and reaches its apogee. Casting a brilliant straw-gold color, the wine opens with aromas of pear skin, chamomile, tarragon, and juniper. Juxtaposing brisk acidity with a fleshy texture, the Loureiro layers the palate with pear and lime fruit complicated by hints of quinine, kaffir lime leaf, and fresh ginger. Long, lingering, and seriously refreshing, the Passaros finishes with salty impressions of granitic soil, white grapefruit, and lemongrass. This is a unique and oh-so-satisfying expression of Vinho Verde for a pittance. Fans of Chenin, Riesling, Viognier, Albarino and Arneis should take special note and plan to pick up a case of this dynamite summer quaffer for enjoyment now and over the coming three years with shellfish, crustaceans, delicate fish dishes, and light potato and vegetable tapas.

SPAIN – WHITE

2019 Bodegas O’Ventosela, Treixadura, Gran Leirina, Ribeiro, Galicia, Spain (S)
16.99/183.49

Here’s another sensational wine from Galicia! Nestled at the eastern edge of Galicia, the Ribeiro DO is gaining steam as one of Spain’s most fascinating and compelling white wine regions. The Bodegas O’Ventosela’s Gran Leirina, crafted from Treixadura grown on granite in the Finca Traveselas vineyard, casts a shimmering green-glinted gold color followed by fascinating aromas of lemon pith, yellow melon, and high-toned minerals. Pure and expressive on the palate, the wine conveys impeccable balance amid crystalline impressions of green pineapple, Meyer lemon, and honeysuckle blossoms. The 2019 Gran Leirina finishes dry, mineral-driven, and bristling with acidity, while complex notes of quince, ginger, and menthol emerge as the wine lingers on the back-palate. We suggest pairing this delicious, versatile beauty now and over the coming two years with grilled octopus, potato tapas, bacalao, broiled swordfish, and tuna sashimi.


ROSE WINE

FRANCE - ROSE

2019 Domaine Montrose Rose, Prestige, Cotes de Thongue IGP, Languedoc-Roussillon, France (S) 16.99/183.49

The Domaine Montrose, impeccably run by Bernard and Olivier Coste, fashions its top-of-the-line Prestige rose from 70% old-vine Grenache and old-vine Rolle (a.k.a. Vermentino) planted on pebbly siliceous clay terraces. Reflecting a pale salmon-pink, Montrose’s Prestige Rose opens with limestone-driven aromas of red currants, golden raspberries, blood orange zest, white pepper, and jasmine blossoms. Fleshy yet incisive on the palate, the rose reveals a juicy kernel of pink grapefruit and tangerine followed by accents of bay leaf, lavender, and brown spices. This is truly an impressive rose that will thrill as a welcome wine, a leisurely warm weather sipper, or as a complement to grilled anchovies, barbecued chicken, dry-rubbed baby back ribs, summer veggie kebabs, and roast squab.


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