Wine of the Week: 2013 Miraval Rosé, Famille Perrin, Côtes de Provence

2013 Miraval Rosé

Wine of the Week: 2013 Miraval Rosé

Provence, FR –
 

When Pitt-Jolie and Marc Perrin designed this angelic (no pun intended) Rosé, it had to be with Angelina Jolie in mind. It’s strikingly beautiful. Delicately pink in color, wearing its scantily-clad label on a champagne-style bottle, it’s simply exquisite. A red carpet choice to die for, wine darlings. This luscious dry Rosé received 90/100 points from Wine Spectator following its 2012 release, which sold out almost immediately. Miraval was my introduction to a refined, elegant Rosé. It’s medium bodied, with red berry and citrus on the nose. Dig deeper and you’ll find melon and spice and local terroir notes. Miraval is certified organic with French Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. A fourth grape, the white Rolle – also known as Vermentino – is part of the blend. From $23 to $29.

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Wine of the Week: Lucky Star Pinot Noir

Lucky Star Pinot Noir. Sonoma, California.

Wine of the Week: Lucky Star Pinot Noir

Sonoma County, CA –

Everyone has a favorite nearby hangout or two, and Sofia Volo is no different. The Grill at Harryman House is a rather unique venue in historic Reisterstown, Maryland. Wine lovers are welcomed here with wine flights and great wine go-withs like cheese plates and numerous wine-friendly appetizers. Originally built in 1791, the restaurant features among other things, a chestnut and oak log cabin, fireplaces, and a comprehensive wine list, which is where I discovered Lucky Star Pinot Noir. Star’s silky finish starts with ripe cherry, red raspberry and cranberry on the nose, but what gives this Pinot added heft is a touch of jammy Zinfandel. Some aging in American and French Oak barrels layers the complexity of toastiness, vanilla and cedar. You can find Lucky Star Pinot Noir at a purse friendly $12.

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Pain Grille

Have you ever seen the wine descriptor PAIN GRILLE and wondered what does it mean and how do you say it? Put on your French hat and say: Pa-GREE-yay. Basically it means charred toast. It’s a smoky aroma and can come from the wine or from oak aging. Example: Malbec from Argentina that’s spent 1-1/2 years in new French oak. Try to get it on sale.

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Wine of the Week: Caposaldo Sparkling Peach Moscato

Caposaldo Sparkling Peach Moscato

Wine of the Week: Caposaldo Sparkling Peach Moscato

It’s true I’m a red wine girl, and today I was going to write about a robust Central Coast red. But, fellow wine lovers, it’s summertime, it’s warm and humid in Maryland, and perhaps a cooler, crisper choice is in order. When I saw a beautiful salmon-colored sparkler on the shelf, I thought try it. Produced in Italy’s Lombardy region from 20-year old Guyot-trained vines in white marl and chalky soils (good stuff), it was beckoning to me. This refreshingly cool sipper blends a fruit forward aroma of freshly picked peaches, honeysuckle and citrus. The peach flavor was ripe and scrumptious and said hello summer! By itself or as recommended with a light pastry dessert, sorbet or fresh fruit, it’s a perfect warm weather choice. Priced at $13, you can just picture yourself enjoying it on your deck. I just loved looking at it.

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