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90 • Don Ernesto 2008 "Vin Gris", Rosé, Napa Valley $15. Best Buy. Kosher
Very pale garnet pink color. Fruit aromas of strawberry pie and watermelon follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body with excellent depth and balance. Finishes with a crisp, citrus kissed finish. A superb table wine to pair with salmon teriyaki. (tasted on Aug-04-2009)
89 • Pink Girl Wines 2008 Rosé of Syrah, Napa Valley $18.
Pale garnet color. Bright aromas of strawberry cobbler and red cherry compote follow through on a round, supple entry to dryish medium body with good depth and a touch of apples and nuts. Finishes with a smooth even, melon rind and citrus tinged fade. A very nice dry Provence styled rosé to pair with blackened chicken. (tasted on Aug-04-2009)
88 • Retzlaff 2007 "Isabelle's Blush" Merlot Rosé, Livermore Valley $15. Best Buy. Certified Organic
Pretty coppery pink color. Rich aromas of blueberry cobbler and toasty strawberry danish follow through on a round, supple entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with delicate medicinal herb and spice notes. Finishes with a crisp, melon rind and mineral accented finish. A fruity and elegant, dry rosé to pair with duck confit. (tasted on Aug-04-2009)
88 • Silver Lake 2007 Roza Hills Vineyard, Cabernet Rosé, Rattlesnake Hills $9.99. Best Buy.
Pale ruby with a blue gray cast. Pleasing aromas of cherry compote and baked strawberries follow through on a round entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with juicy, ripe fruit and a touch of melon rind, pepper, and minerals on the lingering finish. A tasty, zesty, well made rosé. Pair with spicy pork dishes. (tasted on Aug-04-2009)
86 • Coyote Canyon Winery 2008 Life is Rosé, Horse Heaven Hills.
Bright ruby scarlet color. Attractive aromas of warm strawberry chocolate granola bar follow through on a round entry to a very fruity medium body with good depth and notes of cherries and raspberries. Finishes with a tangy orange and mineral accented fade. A pleasant, off dry sipper. (tasted on Jul-20-2009)
86 • Velocity 2008 "Velo" Malbec Rosé, Rogue Valley $15. Best Buy.
Bright pale garnet color. Baked strawberry and Brazil nut aromas follow through on a very soft entry to a dry light-to-medium body with white strawberry and cherry butter notes. Finishes with a quick melon rind fade. Very dry and reserved. (tasted on Jul-20-2009)
86 • Treleaven 2008 Estate Bottled Dry, Rosé, Cayuga Lake $11.99. Best Buy.
Pale silvery scarlet color. Aromas of cherry yogurt, strawberry crate, and toasted praline have a yeasty edge and follow through on a soft, crisp entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with a touch of melon and spice. Finishes with a crisp, talc and pepper accented fade. (tasted on Jul-20-2009)
82 • Cedar Mountain 2008 Reserve "Scarlet Syrah", Livermore Valley $17.
Bright garnet color. Warm toffee and baked cherry cobbler aromas follow through on a round entry to a dryish medium body with roasted nut and melon rind notes. Finishes dryly with warming, toasty buttered zucchini bread and citrus rind fade. Interesting. (tasted on Jul-20-2009)
81 • Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2007 Rosé, Red Hills $25. Certified Organic
Deep ruby color. Bold bourbon barrel, vanilla buttercream, and sweet mixed berry yogurt aromas have a wood glue edge follow through on a soft entry to a very dry light-to-medium body with lots of spicy oak and retrained fruit. Finishes with a toasty berry pastry fade. Odd, over wooded character (tasted on Jul-20-2009)
80 • Toad Hollow 2008 "Eye of the Toad", Pinot Noir Rose, Sonoma County $8.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Pale garnet pink color with nickel gray cast. Aromas of honey drizzled cherries and strawberries follow through on a nervously acidic entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with touch of toast, lemon pepper, and smoky minerals. A bit lean and volatile. (tasted on Aug-04-2009)