I cannot get enough word play. Especially as it pertains to wine, French Stuff, and outer space. Although I’d like Uranus jokes over UFO ones. That joke wrote itself only because I also adore alliteration. Ahem. Anyway this homage to Chateauneuf de Pape’s refusal to allow UFOs in its terroir (I don’t let them in mine either, honestly) is ever so transparent in what is in it, ever so zing pow wow, but shhhhhh chillout sweet babygirl that I am now a Bonny Doon convert. I wish I could say I was more than a half glass in writing this but you can blame to wordplay/slight tawdry-ness/silliness on...me. And the following tasting notes don’t do anything to actually explain this wine. Less than the prior paragraph anyway. But know it is more than the sum of its parts. But! If you want tech:
Appearance: pale pink. Nose of red fruits of all types, Whole Foods bulk section and a new fountain perhaps in a cheeky avant- garde art garden. Tongue: dry, medium acid, medium alcohol (whoops it’s 13.5!) body is silky and neatly suede-y. You’ll taste bright underripe strawberries, overripe raspberries, maybe an iris or so and something mineral and also green let’s call it pussywillows just to keep me thematically on track. Finish is medium plus with a hint of candied fruit punch. — 2 days ago
The mythical unicorn #rosewine from @lopezdeherediaoficial: Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosado 2008.
A friendly wine retailer I am close with sold me a few bottles at regular price thankfully as I gave him the heads up it was coming. (He also sold his others at regular price!) This wine used to be easily available during its last release, the 2000 vintage back around 2005, not to mention super reasonable in price. An unfortunate victim of fashion, the secondary market pricing on this starts around $200 and goes up to $300.
Pale copper and deep pink in color, the hue here is as it looks here turning more orange at the rim. The nose showed as it should for an extended barrel aged wine, showing clear notes the toll oxidation has taken with time in wood. Though, the wood aromas are well-integrated and intermingle well with dried red fruits, ginger and spice, and a clear sense of minerality which is all laid well into the thick and pungent nose. The palate shows more precision and tension in the densely textured and flavored med/med+ body of the wine. Finishes long and fans out wide over the palate. For sure about as unique a rose as there is out there. — 9 days ago
A fair weather day in the Berkshires today, got into the mid-70's...I'm not ready for the heat yet!
Strawberry / Raspberry / Citrus with Orange bias, perfect for enjoying outside after a day full of chores that the warmer weather oh so generously provides me. Yeah. — 6 days ago
While I’m a sucker for rose’ I rarely rate them this high. This is a different animal. I’d say it’s more of a “with food” rose’ than a “lounging by the pool” rose’. Ample weight and a full mouthfeel, strawberry/rhubarb pie filling, bold and savory with a dollop of all-spice. I enjoyed this immensely and it made great strides as it warmed up. I’d serve at 65+ degrees. Shout out to @Connor McMahon and @Rebecca McMahon for loving what they do and making it show in our glass. Cheers. — 13 days ago
My first time trying the CH rosé champagne. Their Brut is my favorite NV champagne, so I was glad to finally get my hands on some of this. Not surprisingly, I loved it. Similar to the Brut, certainly a battle between fruit and savory yeasty notes, but more strawberry skin and rhubarb pie adding some spice to it. It’s got that streak down the middle showing the older vintage wines they add to these (which I love) adding a bit of English biscuit and caramel. — 3 days ago
Pale yellow with a golden tinge, excellent clarity. Honeysuckle note in nose. Muscat, Asian pear and wood-spice flavors, good acidity, dry. Slight fine-grained skin tannin astringency, mild seed bitterness. Litchi, honey and citrus flavors with length and a mineral finish. So good... — 15 hours ago