Thursday, June 4, 2015

Monthly Picks: June'15 - Rosé

With Summer around the corner and Spring cleaning wrapping-up, our patios and decks are getting ready to be occupied once more. It's rosé season! This month's picks are dedicated to the many fine blush wines produced in BC and already on the market waiting to be taken home to the sunny, outdoor space of your choosing.

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2014 Pinot Noir Rosé - $16
There's the usual mix of sweet red fruit and tart cranberry aromas and flavours, but there's also nice sage-y, earthy layer on the appealing nose and a steely, mineral layer on the crisp palate. Not completely dry this year, though, the finish is long and refreshing.
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Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2014 Rosé - $18
A blend of  80% Gamy Noir, 10% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Gris offering a fresh, aromatic nose of Spring flowers, strawberry, watermelon, citrus peel and peppercorn seeds. Flavours of delicate red fruit, minerals and sweet citrus with bring a smile to your face.
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SpierHead Winery 2014 Pinot Noir Rosé - $18
Produced as a dry alternative to the many off-dry blush wines on the market in BC and one to pair with spicy, Spanish tapas which will highlight the cooling effect of the crisp, citrus acidity and the bright, red fruit and mineral flavours on offer.
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LaStella Winery 2014 LaStellina Rosato - $20
An off-dry, fruity and cheerful rosé made from a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Sangiovese grapes focusing on a discourse between juicy, red fruit and crisp tropical fruit characters (the juicy fruit wins the debate).
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Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2014 Oldfield Series Rosé - $20
Though consistently good over the years, this year's Oldfield Series rosé is a notch above the others and delivers memorable balance between its delicate, Provence inspired, aromas and flavours and the acid and mineral counterbalance that resolves the sweetness into a dry, mouth-watering finish.
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Le Vieux Pin 2014 Vaila - $22
A lovely, aromatic and zesty rosé produced from a blend of 100% Pinot Noir that opens with an exotic mix of kiwi, rhubarb, cranberry, raspberry seed and alpine strawberry aromas followed by a vibrant, mouth watering palate with similar flavours, added citrus and mineral notes and a touch of body that lasts through the long finish.
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Bench 1775 Winery 2014 Glow Rosé - $23
This light-salmon hued rosé focuses on a Provenciale-like balance between lightly, off-dry red fruit characters, crisp, tropical acidity and delicate herb and mineral notes. Very food friendly and refreshing.
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 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2015

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