I picked this up for 12$ at the LA Wine Company at the suggestion of their guy. After all, he and I agreed that it's not really worth it to spend 30$ for Rose--even if it's good. So that's how I got led to this wine, although he initially was telling me that the Bandol was pretty good. Really, who wants to spend more than 10$ or 15$ on a bottle of rose? Seems a bit ridiculous, no? Ideally, the roses that I end up drinking are less than 10$--and there certainly are decent ones to be had for that price. This particular rose is from one of the older wineries in Oregon--producing wine since 1977. Screw-cap. Initially, somewhat restrained on the nose and a little closed. As it opens up, it becomes clear that this wine is mostly about juicy, fresh fruit--strawberries and cherries, to be specific. Mineral/stone/chalk mix in quite nicely, creating a nice little package. This wine is perfect to drink when it's hot out. B/B+
Also, even though it has exactly zero to do with this wine, I listened to something that I probably haven't heard for at least five years this morning, and probably far longer than that: The White Pony, by the Deftones. Like I said, it has zero to do with this wine. (Because really, when I think of rose, I think of soccer moms, Dave Brubeck, and trailer parks--not circa 2000 alterna-metal.) I can very clearly remember the first time that I heard the Deftones on the radio. I was hooked. I can also remember going to get Around the Fir in the 10th or 11th grade, sticking it in my CD player, and being absolutely shocked by how brutally heavy "My Own Summer," was. I'd listened to Metallica, Rage Against the Machine and other heavy bands, but this was my first real foray into stuff that was actually heavy. Say what you want about the Deftones--they've certainly gotten lumped in with a lot of terrible bands--but they're pretty brilliant. For whatever reason, I stuck The White Pony in my car yesterday to listen to "Change in the House of Flies," which gave me chills when it came out in 2000 or so. I have vivid memories of smoking a cigar and listening to that song on a rooftop in Rome. Anyways, on the way to work, I forgot it was in the CD player, and was really kind of blown away by how good it is. Yeah, there are a of couple of terrible songs, and some of the lyrics are pretty awful. But overall, it's atmospheric, heavy, and really catchy...almost Radiohead like. And it was a perfect accompaniment to the urban wasteland that is the 105 East and 710 North in Los Angeles on a misty, cloudy, semi-raining day. A blast from the past, but worth checking out.