TN: Some Roses (and some Irish Whiskey)


My neighbor is an MD who also loves to make pizza in his pizza oven. A couple times a year he invites his residents over for pizza and we get an invite as well. Last night he set Rose as a wine theme and made lots of different pizzas. We were a bit late and missed a lot of the wines, but managed to try a few.
There were a lot of empty bottles, many the same which speaks to the supermarket offerings and lack of diversity I think. We need to get these kids into the wine stores. That said, there were some nice rose’s.

  • 2015 Les Vignerons d’Aghione Corse La Petite Paillote - France, Corsica, Corse
    Pale pink in color. No obvious faults but not too much going on either. Nice enough wine to stand around sipping at a party. Some strawberry and a bit of rhubarb. (86 pts.)
  • 2015 Domaine Lafond Roc-Epine Tavel - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Tavel
    Always a fine rose. The 15 is no exception. A much deeper color ruby-orange but still rose. It seems to have a bit more body to it. Nice watermelon and cranberry notes. Good mouthfeel and acidity. Worked well with some buffalo “chicken” pizza. (88 pts.)
  • 2015 Château d’Or et de Gueules Costières-de-Nîmes Les Cimels - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Costières-de-Nîmes
    Among a few other rose’s, this stood out for its elegance. Pale ruby in color. The nose features strawberries and watermelon. On the palate, this is refreshing and quite tasty without being overwhelming. Nice balance. Worked great with food. (89 pts.)
  • 2015 Clarendelle Rosé - France, Bordeaux, Bordeaux Rosé
    The label mention Haut Brion/Clarence Dillon but I don’t know what, if any, relationship there is. That had me skeptical. That said, this was actually quite lovely. Orange/pink in color. The nose has strawberries and cranberries. On the palate, there is some weight here. Some depth. Very refreshing. Worked well with food too. Nice acidity. I was told this was $15, and that is a great QPR. (90 pts.)

We finished with some Irish Whiskies. That is an area I need to learn more about.

Always a fun evening and its good to spend time with younger people.
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