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New 2011 Rosé


   I told myself that I could write a blog post about several recent rosé arrivals, all without relying on the clichéd crutch of mentioning spring or warmer weather.

   Oops. Blew it already. 

   Here are some notes on some pink wines you might enjoy. They go well with spring and warmer weather.


2011 Villa des Anges Old Vines Rose
  This one isn’t about freshness there’s a mineral quality to it along with light fruit notes. Soft overall. The grape here is cinsault, best known for the soft structure and perfume it adds to a Rhone-style blend, and that softness comes across with grace.


2011 Domaine de Figueirasse Gris de Gris
   Nice fruit, right up front on the nose. This is a rose from pinot gris grenache gris, blanc, noir and cinsault, and it’s familiar melon and green fruit that defines this rosé, plus that circus peanut smell I notice in so many French rosés. Good breadth on the palate, with preserved fruit notes and light acidity on the finish. 


2011 Chateau Revelette Coteaux d’Aix en Provence
   This is probably the classiest wine of these six. The nose has herb-garden notes above the light fruit that makes the Revelette stand out in terms of complexity. Fresh fruit on the palate that lays down on the mellow finish.


2011 Les Vignes de Bila Haut by Michel Chapoutier
   Nice! Bigger fruit and light sugar jump right out on the nose including more of that circus peanut note. Fleshy and round on the palate with ripe pear and strawberry and acidity to keep it focused.


2011 Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence
   More subtle than the Chapoutier, this shows notes of cream, pear and floral perfume on the nose. Lighter on the fruit, even-heeled, medium in body with a good finish. A little more polished, the Gourgonnier ends in an ellipses instead of an exclamation point.


2011 Alexander Valley Vineyards dry Rose of Sangiovese
   The AVV rosé is my guilty pleasure pick of these six. It has complexity but no subtlety. It pours ruby pink, compared to the salmon pink of the other five. There’s a big nose of candied fruit like watermelon, tropical fruit like kiwi, and an herbal vein like green pepper. Thick on the palate, round in body, just slightly frizzante (or maybe those tiny bubbles are just my imagination) with candied fruit not unlike watermelon gummi. 

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