Thanks to all who attended our Rosé tasting this past Saturday. By my deduction, a good time was had by all. I had every intention to keep summery Rosé the core topic of this email, as Ohio has decided it is now time for it to be 80 degrees out, and we tried quite a few fantastic ones this past week. Occasionally though, someone makes you an offer you can’t refuse, and your path is altered. That occasion happened yesterday, which brings me to Robert Mondavi’s 2015 Carneros Pinot Noir.
Like The Godfather, Robert Mondavi is an icon, a classic, and should not be easily forgotten. The man who essentially elevated the Napa Valley to an internationally recognized region for fine wine is not going to put out a bad bottle, and the 2015 Pinot Noir is no exception. From the outset, the wine has appealing aromas of baking spices, violet, and a core of juicy raspberry. The palate is medium bodied, yet light and lifted by excellent acidity on the finish which makes it both indulgent and refreshing at the same time. The wine is beautifully integrated from time spent in French oak, making it structured and silky smooth. For you year-round red wine drinkers, this is a no brainer for the summer, especially when drunk at cellar temperature.
Fruit from Carneros typically is not cheap, and the 2015 Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir usually sits at a cool, worthwhile $31.99 a bottle. But I am going to make you an offer you can’t refuse. For the month of May (or while supplies last), Robert Mondavi’s Carneros Pinot Noir is going to be retailing for $14.99 a bottle. The wine is due in store this Friday, so just let me know if I can secure you some.
P.S.- I’ll give you one excellent daily drinking Rosé that we sold out of at the tasting. Revelry Vintners 2017 Rosé is an expressive blend of 87% Cabernet Franc and 13% Grenache. Mouthwateringly vibrant with a slight prickle on the tongue from the acid, the wine yields a cornucopia of fruit flavors suggesting citrus fruits and watermelon. This is all I really want from Rosé, lots of fruit and great acidity. If you find yourself overlooking Washington wines, put Revelry on your radar. You won’t regret it. Revelry’s Rosé retails for $16.99 a bottle and is also due back in on Friday.
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