MacDaddy Marc’s Summer Rose Round-up

So far, we have had a pretty cool summer here in Oregon but the temperature went up considerably in the last couple of days so the afternoons called for Rose. In fact, we tried a quintet and I guess three out of five is not bad. The Rose choices are getting better and better. Why? Because people have finally shed the psyche that they will taste like White Zinfandel or Lancer’s—not that there is anything wrong with that if that is what you like. From sparklers to still Pinot Noir, Grenache or Syrah Rose, the choices are abundant and the quality is climbing.

NV Brut Rose Domaine Taittinger Carneros Cuvee de la Pompadour, CA

Sparkling wines have the ability to rise to the occasion whenever the occasion arises. This one shows its pedigree and delivers a chassis upon which almost any cuisine could ride upon. The grapefruit citrus comes across as subtle zest in its initial bouquet. The strawberry takes over from there and there is no hint of bubblegum if you want that you will have to go somewhere else, thank god. This wine will fill some awesome gaps when you are wondering what to serve. It will pair with a lot of different cuisines. Any Austrian or German roasted or sautéed meats will work well. Outstanding was something I served recently. Classic schnitzel with roasted garlic, lemon white wine and caper sauce was a huge success the fresh pounding and using panko breadcrumbs are important. Knowing just how to brown the garlic clove slivers is a big plus but being able to mount the butter at exactly the right time is everything. Somehow I feel a little dirty after saying that and if that’s OK with Pamalicious then ya’ll have to lighten up. Most often, I serve this wine as an opening wine at parties where a lot of different styles of cuisine might be served, this is where this wine really shines.

Rating: Very Good (88) | $27 | 12.0% ABV

2010 Pinot Noir Rose Van Duzer Estate, OR

I hate to admit this but besides a bottle of Lancer’s Portugal Rose in 1969, I have never finished a bottle of rose. Well that journey ended for me tonight. I finished this bottle of rose inspired and joyous. The aromas are subtle yet intense yes I know a quality very rarely attained dense ripe strawberry and overripe guava balance each other exchanging sweetness for acidity exactly the same way this fermentation took place. This wine will thrill with a simple cantaloupe prosciutto appetizer. It sings with a smoked salmon mascarpone mousse on crostini with red onion, capers and lemon. A finer rose has not graced these lips since a former associate made his first Biodynamic/Organic. Everyone should run, not walk to buy this Pinot Noir Rose from Van Duzer made by newly appointed winemaker Jerry Murray. They are sold out at the winery but several national and local retailers still have a few bottles.

Rating: Excellent (92) | $16 | 12.7% ABV

2010 Rose Cotes-du-Rhone M.Chaoputier, France

A very good example of what the Rhone can produce in a good vintage. This wines maturity supports my theory of climate change and the representation of terroir as temperatures change and the vine matures a bit more quickly depending on what ones latitude is. This wine would be a good match Cannoli pastry filled with lemon mascarpone and ginger essence.

Rating: Very Good (89) | $12 | 13.0% ABV

2010 Gran Feudo Rose Navarra, Spain

This wine was not something I would serve my friends. I cannot say I got a heat or cold stressed bottle; what I do know is that it was not corked. I just think the blending program at Navarra Wineries begins and ends with rose. It might have worked in the past as a marketing program to the US market but no longer. The desire for rose here `is only high quality small producer preferably organic/biodynamic producers. Spain in this region (Navarra) is a little behind in marketing trends at this moment if they think we will buy these wines. I tried it with a variety of cuisines including roasted red pepper with kalamata olives and iberico jamon (ham). Yes its good but let’s face it the strength behind the highly rated bests of wines like the Crianza available from Rioja in the 2006 vintage makes this a no brainer to avoid.

Rating: Below Average (68) | $6 | 12.0% ABV

2010 Senorio de Sarria Vinedo no. 5 Rosado, Spain

If you think the below score is a mistake then rethink what you know about blogs and the 100-point scoring system. Yes that is what is said, a miserably failing wine. This is the one where I mention if I was to drink a whole bottle of this, I would not feel so great the next morning. In fact I have personal accounts of individuals doing exactly that, so the scenario is not that strange.

Rating: Flawed (54) | $9 | 14.0% ABV