Varichon et Clerc Dry Rosé

Varichon et Clerc

Dry Rosé

2010

(France)

Via wine-searcher.com

On Bottle/Website:

* Unoaked, Medium Bodied, Dry

* Located in the alpine region of Savoie, between Lyon and Geneva

* 12% alcohol

* Suggested to use as an aperitif

* Grape Varieties Used (20% of each):  Altesse, Cinsault, Gamay, Molette, Sciacarellu

My Notes:

Appearance: clear, bright, pink, low concentration

Nose: clean, weak, strawberry

Palate: dry, medium bodied, strawberry, medium alcohol, medium low acidity, medium plus finish, medium complexity

In an effort to challenge myself to write more frequently, I am attempting to participate in more writing opportunities in the blogging community, specifically in relation to wines, beer or spirits.  I recently wrote a post based around the concept of trouble for a writing challenge.

When Talk-a-Vino posted a link to the Wine Blogging Wednesday 80, Dry Rosé, I was intrigued but I wasn’t actually confident that I would have an opportunity to pick up a dry rosé before the deadline.  This week I had lunch with a close friend and we ended up stopping at a wine studio afterward.  Upon perusing the wine menu, I noticed a dry rosé.  It didn’t even click in my mind at the time that it fit the WBW criteria. I chose this particular wine because I am newly intrigued by rosés, mostly because I have not tasted many of them and I am trying to broaden my horizons and build my memory bank of wines.  As I read through Talk-a-Vino’s recent post tonight, I was reminded of the challenge and excited that I had fulfilled the requirement of tasting a dry rosé.  It was my first, but it will not be my last.  I loved it! And I am thankful to have read more than a few suggestions that they are not to be relegated to the summer months.

 

Rancho Zabaco Dancing Bull Cabernet Sauvignon

Rancho Zabaco Dancing Bull

Cabernet Sauvignon

2010

(Modesto, California)

On Bottle/Website:

* Intense flavors of black currant, dark spices, milk chocolate and vanilla

* Bold notes of dark fruit, cloves, brown sugar and herbs

* Pair it with anything you can throw on a grill

* Ready to be enjoyed right away

My Notes:

Appearance: clear, bright, ruby/garnet, high concentration, rim variation, medium viscosity

Nose:  clean, medium minus intensity, youthful, jammy fruits, plum, raisin, red raspberry, cinnamon, honey

Palate: dry, medium plus to full bodied, blackberry, earthiness, dirt, raisin, medium plus alcohol, medium acidity, medium/medium plus tannin, medium minus finish, medium minus complexity

The nose of this wine smelled like a port to me, with the deep jam flavored dark fruits and hint of sweetness.  The palate was surprisingly dry after the nose (although I clearly expected that because it was a cabernet sauvignon). Although it notes that it will pair well with anything you throw on the grill, I did not think it was a solid pairing with the mini-burger I had as an appetizer.