So with the weather warming up in So Cal, I have been trying to bone up on my roses. So far, I’ve been impressed with Whispering Angel out of Cote du Franc as well as the Cargasacchi rose. Wasnt as impressed with the new relese of Stemmler’s rose.
What is everyone else stocking up on to beat the summer heat?
I have bought every '08 rosé I’ve seen so far, which has been-- hmm-- three bottles? SO much of what’s on the shelves is leftover 07s. I might try a few, but I love the freshness of brand new rosé.
My favorite by a mile so far this year is the Phelps Creek “Fleur de Roy” Rosé of Pinot Noir. Absolutely delicious stuff! The one I’m awaiting most anxiously is Basque… Getariarko Rubentis Txakolina. If the '08 is anything like the '07, I plan to drink it pretty much constantly from May through September!
Locally here, I love the L’Avenutre rose’s; a cab rose’ and a cab/syrah rose’. I believe they are normally bottled in June–a little expensive, but oh so nice, complex and refreshing. I will be eagerly watching the recommendations here so I can stock up with confidence when I see your rec’s in our local stores.
I have not had either yet. I buy Lucy every year, and it’s fairly consistent. Always a nice strawberry tone, some tartness and a nice dry balance. I thought last year was a little muted compared to the 06, so we’ll see how the 08 does. I bought the Copain simply because I want to see what Wells does with a rosé. Both cases are waiting for me to pick them up in a locker in Chicago, so it will be a couple of weeks before I can get my hands on them.
We just had the 08 Lynmar Pinot Noir Rose and it was terrific. Strawberry/watermelon, a little spice, super crisp and very tasty.
I haven’t had the 08 version of Chateau Puligny Montrachet’s Rose but the last two vintages have been terrific. Only disappointment has been the price increase…the 06 was amazing at $13, the 07 came out closer to $20. But still a terrific Rose and I’ll be picking up an 08 soon.