Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Shramsberg "Mirabelle" Brut Rose NV

I had this about a month ago at my neighbors and thought it was fantastic, so I bought a bottle at Costco for 19$. A blend of Pinot and Chardonnay. Lots of strawberries and some biscuit-y notes. Very French in comparison to many of the California sparkling wines that I've had. The first time I tasted this, I was pretty shocked how French it was. I was expecting something that was fairly bombastic, but instead was greeted with a delicious, elegant, well-balanced wine. This is definitely worth checking out for 19$. It's a hell of a lot cheaper than any comparable Rose Champagne that you're going to find...the last bottle of Rose Champagne that I had was really good--but it was also twice as much as this bottle, and personally, I prefer the Mirabelle. Incidentally, the Mirabelle stood up well to a Habanero chicken sausage (not quite as hot as you think)...perhaps this would be a good match for other spicy food? It's not Riesling, and it's not off-dry, but I think it's fruity enough as long as the spice level isn't nuclear. A-

6 comments:

CabFrancoPhile said...

Again, super timing! Saw this at Costco and we've been thinking about getting a few sparklers. I was leaning towards Roederer Estate if we see it at at $20-ish, but this sounds like it's killer for $19 and readily available.

Looks like I need to drop by Costco again. You just gave serious rep to the two wines I was on the fence purchasing.

Jeff said...

When Costco has good deals, they have really good deals. Of course, you have to wade through a lot of crap. The Roederer is good (they still have that at Costco by me for 18$), but I think this is a little more fun and a little fruitier. Definitely a good wine for the summer.

CabFrancoPhile said...

That's the amusing part--you found the two wines out of dozens that looked halfway interesting to me. They are out of Roederer Estate at my Costco, otherwise I'd probably have bought it already.

Jeff said...

The "interesting" wines that Costco carries stick out like a sore thumb...but we do have similar palates to a certain degree. I frequently go in there, and wonder to myself, how the hell do they sell this much California Cabernet? And how do they buy so many bottles of it? And why have those bottles of Ace of Spades Champagne been there for almost a year? But I don't think that's what your average consumer sees. I think what the average consumer sees is similar to the conversation that Bunk and McNulty have about a Cotes du Rhone in the episode of the Wire I watched this weekend...

McNulty: You want ice in that?
Bunk: Nah, that's a double digit vino.

And thus is the allure of the points game and California Cab...it got 90 points from the Wine Spectator AND it's 24.99$. It MUST be good.

CabFrancoPhile said...

So true. I scan the wines laid out on palettes, but rarely is there anything too exciting. High alcohol kitchen sink blends and generic Cab/Merlot/Syrahs hang out there. The small bins are better, but mostly the same idea with higher prices.

Jeff said...

Yeah, they have to carry what's going to sell. That's why it's so much better for the average wine geek to go to a wine shop that can be more esoteric. Of course, in instances where they align, Costco is probably going to be the better deal--at least in California.