April Wine Club
What a great turnout for our April meeting! No exact count, but we had 46 tasters turn in score tickets and probably a dozen or more that were present but passed on the tasting. Next month will surely see fewer of us with the departure of many of our snowbirds.
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The Rosé Tasting
This month we tasted some very nice rosé wines, all from one of our favorite areas (and site of our 2012 wine club trip), the Paso Robles region of California. Diane and I (Bruce here) did some very difficult tasting and choosing while cruising the winding wooded roads of Paso Robles last month. I'm tempted to go on about the hardships involved, but I sense there would be less than a groundswell of sympathy.
But seriously, if you haven't been to the Paso Robles region, you need to go. It's drivable in a day (though two makes a more relaxed trip), tastings are reasonable, and the folks are friendly and eager to talk about their wines. We stayed three nights in nearby Cambria, right on the ocean and within 10 miles of Hearst Castle.
The wines and a bit of description were:
Barrel 27 Shennanigans Rosé 2012
$9.08 (30% discount)
A blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre from the Central Coast
Notes of strawberry preserves, rose petal, jasmine, watermelon, nectarine, fennel seed and rhubarb lead to a fresh fruit laden salty finish.
L’Aventure Estate Rosé 2013
$21.60 (25% discount)
39% Syrah, 27% Grenache, 26% Mourvedre, 8% Petit Verdot
While softly muted in the nose, floral and fruit flavors explode in the mouth, strawberry lavender, and candied raspberry among them.
Justin Rosé 2013
$15.12 (30% discount)
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aroma: Complex fruit with ripe strawberry, white cherry, yellow and ripe apple, white peach and subtle notes of white pepper and herbs. Palate: Dry, with bright strawberry, cherry, lemon citrus and red berry fruit. Berries, yellow apple and citrus dominate a crisp clean finish.
Kenneth Volk La Rosa Loca 2011
$13.61 (30% discount)
Predominantly Spanish and Portuguese varietals
Fruit sourced throughout the Central Coast gives increased complexity of flavor and aroma. The marriage of these classic varietals produced a vibrant fruit-driven rosé.
The wines were cleverly bagged and disguised by our "Bagging and Disguise Department" before being poured by our good-looking, nearly professional crew. You were asked to rate each of the wines on a 100 point scale. We try to ask a qualifying question each month as an entry into our door prize drawing, and this month we asked you to guess which wine was the least expensive.
When unveiled, the disguised wines were….
Your scores were averaged for each wine. I took the liberty of discounting any rating below 60 (there were very few of these) as I don't think any of the wines deserved an "unacceptable" score. I left scores from 60 to 69 (also very few), even though I didn't think any of the wines were below average or had flaws as detailed below.
60-69 A below average wine containing noticeable deficiencies, such as excessive acidity and/or tannin, an absence of flavor, or possibly dirty aromas or flavors.
50-59 A wine deemed to be unacceptable.
The averaged scores were:
I was surprised how close the averages were. There were several people that absolutely didn't like one or two of the wines-and the wines singled out as such varied from person to person. I also thought it was interesting that when it came to guessing the least expensive wine, many of you did NOT choose the wine you rated lowest. Some even guessed their highest rated wine as the lowest priced!
If I had to summarize, I'd say that rosé wines are not the favorite of our group. You might try your choice again with a favorite appetizer in the heat of summer. You could discover that a rosé just might be the perfect compliment.
And speaking of appetizers, you all outdid yourselves again! What a spread we had to choose from. A little reminder of some of these (thanks, Pat Gougelmann for the photos) follows:
Goodbye for now. We will see you again next month or when you return from those cool places. Until then…