Rose Wines

  • A Pair of Côtes de Provence Rosés with a Charming Story

    … All sorts of reasons exist to justify our interest in wine — wine tastes great, on its own and with food; wine is a complicated beverage that encourages thought and contemplation; wine gets you drunk — and one of those reasons is the story behind the wine. Now not all wines have compelling stories. The cheap wine fostered in vast vineyards…

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  • Wonderful Winderlea!

    … with a stop at Anne Amie, another vineyard I had not visited. Anne Amie is one of three wineries involved in the Cube Project in which three wineries, Anne Amie, Bouchaine of Napa, CA, and Lincourt of Sta. Rita Hills, CA, each produce three single vineyard Pinot Noirs for three years (2010-2012) to evaluate the impact of wine making and terroir…

    Pursuing Pinotin Pinot Noir- 5 readers -
  • Weekend Wine Notes: A bouquet of rosés and a few thorns

    …. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Robert Turner Wines Mosaic Rosé of Pinot Noir 2013, Santa Lucia Highlands. 14% alc. With 15% cabernet franc. 25 cases. Pale copper-onion skin color; musky and dusky melon, raspberry and strawberry with notes of pomegranate and rhubarb; finely-knit texture…

    Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Headin Pinot Noir- 8 readers -
  • A Rosé by Any Other Name ….

    …might be called the Isabel Mondavi Deep Rosé Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, and in case any of you winemakers out there are thinking, “What a great name! I think I’ll use ‘deep rose’ for my label,” there’s a little trademark symbol that protects the name from other use. Anyway, this is 100 percent cabernet sauvignon, from vineyards in the Altas Peak, Rutherford and Howe ...

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  • Two Pinot Noirs from “The Little One”

    … aromas of rhubarb, cranberry and pomegranate wreathed with sassafras and cloves, rose petals and lilac. The texture feels like the coolest, sexiest satin imaginable, riven by acidity as striking as a red sash on a blue coat; the resulting sense of tension, resolution and balance is the substance of which great wines are made. Oak is subliminal…

    Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Headin Pinot Noir- 10 readers -
  • Weekend Wine Notes: 10 Under $20

    Your eyes do not deceive you, My Readers. Today’s Weekend Wine Notes offer 10 wines priced under $20, in actuality, from about $12 to $19. We flaunt our eclectic nature today, reaching from various regions of California to Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Argentina and Australia, and embracing many grape varieties and styles of wine.

    Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head- 7 readers -
  • Brad and Angelina Made a Wine

    Imagine being so famous that people can use your first name and everyone knows who they’re talking about. As in: “Fredric just posted to his blog,” and billions of earthlings go “oooohhh” and “aaaahhh.” Anyway, as multitudes are aware, the Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, in partnership with the Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, last ye ...

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  • The Best Wines I Tasted in the High Plains of Texas

    I can’t say a great deal about most of these wines, because they were tasted on the fly or at a buffet lunch or dinner during my sojourn in the High Plains AVA (indicated in the map) back in the month of May. And My Readers throughout the country will recognize that the enterprise is inherently unfair in relationship to their curiosity because very few wines produced in the Lon ...

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