After trading emails with Sam over at Becks & Posh, I decided to reblog my entry for Wine Blogging Wednesday #9 themed on rosÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© or “pink” wines. It seems Sam’s day job is not leaving much time for podcast listening, so here are the CliffsNotes with a few timecode stamps to help her sort out the audio:
(0:00 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ 0:37) Introduction, theme music and show kickoff, thanking Sam for hosting WBW this month and the theme of rosÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© wines. RosÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© is the “Rodney Dangerfield of wines”; they get no respect. This is probably due to indifferent blends of red and white wines we have had being passed off as rosÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©, as well as the sticky, sweet white zinfandels we have been subjected to over the years. In fact, I have not had a proper rosÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© or pink wine in a few years, so this theme was an excellent chance to check out three dry rosÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© wines.
Before sharing my tasting notes, I spoke a bit about how rosÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© wines are made (1:16). The first method is to crush red grapes and macerate the must for only a few hours to impart only a small amount of the pigment to the wine. Then the winemaking process is followed the same as used to make white wine. For some unknown reason, I failed to mention that the French call this process, “vins gris”, even though my notes clearly state this fact. The second method is called, “saignÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©e” or “bleeding”. This is where red wine is made, but a bit of the juice is drained off early in the winemaking process to concentrate the resulting red’s flavors. The bled juice is then made into rosÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© using the process followed to make whites.
Next (2:17), I commented about the proper temperature to serve rosÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© (50 – 54F, or 10 – 12C) and launched into my tasting notes:
Toad Hollow Vineyards, “Eye of the Toad”, Dry Pinot Noir Rose 2004 ($12) – Clear pink, beautiful strawberry/watermelon nose, strawberry/cherry fruit, bone dry, nice finish; serve a bit warmer than regular rose to fully reveal it’s aromas and flavors; I also like the whimsical, yellow plastic cork! Score: 8/10
Les Vignerons de Montblanc, Syrah Rose, Vin de Pays des Cotes de Thongue 2003 ($9) – Rose center with nice pink edges, watermelon candy nose, nice flavor intensity of light red berries, dry and refreshing; another plastic cork! Score: 8/10
Cuvee Catherine, Rose d’Anjou 2002 ($6) – Very light tawny red, light flowery nose, almost vegetal in flavor with bell pepper and cherry in a good way, off-dry, but not sweet, with a good dose of acidity; a bit bitter on the finish; drink ASAP as the wine is past itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s prime. The only cork in the bunch. Score: 7.5/10
(5:09) Best of tasting: Toad Hollow Vineyards, “Eye of the Toad”, Dry Pinot Noir Rose 2004
Best value: Les Vignerons de Montblanc, Syrah Rose, Vin de Pays des Cotes de Thongue 2003
(5:21 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ 8:16) I then shared some final thoughts for regular Winecast listeners about sending in questions for an upcoming show, voting at Podcast Alley, Gmail and Yahoo! 360 invites and a poll I have open on my blog.
Thanks once again to Sam from Becks & Posh for the theme and her upcoming summary write-up this weekend. I hope this extended post helps save you a bit of time 😉