Saturday, April 14, 2018

Side-by-side Tasting of Lodi Cabernet Rose Wines; d'Art and Peltier

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Lodi Rose wines.

By way of background:  Today we will do a side-by-side tasting of two sister rose wines - sisters because they both hail from the Lodi, California, region; but sisters too because both of these roses are composed from cabernet sauvignon grapes.  Remember that "rose" is not a type of grape, but a preparation made typically from red wine grapes where the contact between skin and fermenting juice is kept to a minimum.  That process retains hues of red color in the wine and a freshness and acidity more consistent with white wines.   Lodi, of course, is well known for its red wine varietals, and especially cabernet sauvignon.  So today we will sample two cabernet sauvignons constructed as roses, from two different vineyards, and finished at two distinctly different alcohol levels.  Rose wines are often served chilled to retain their fresh crispness - we will be sampling them that way as well.  Review samples were provided by Lodi Wines of California, through their agents Calhoun & Company Communications. 


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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Peltier Rose.

Original tasting and review : This is Peltier Winery & Vineyards Black Diamond Rouge Rose, Lodi, California, 2016, finished at 12% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in April, 2018.

Inspired by this wine: Enjoying a sweet, friendly lunch as sunshine warms the cool, early spring air.

In the glass: Blood orange and cranberry glints.

On the nose: Poured at chilled temperature and swirled vigorously, shows subtle, deep red aromas with tiny wisps of citrus. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate bring an initial gentle sweetness and salinity, washing gentle raspberry fruit across your tongue.  Strawberries with their characteristic acids perk up into your cheeks and bring the sip to a slowly fading finish.

In summary: Overall, rates a solid three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, for its layers, freshness and balance.

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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for d'Art wines.

Original tasting and review : This is d'Art Wines Cabernet Rose, Lodi, California, 2017, finished at a much bigger 14.8% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in April, 2018.

Inspired by this wine: Sipping a fragrant cocktail by the fireplace on this cool spring evening.

In the glass: Light pink and orange tones.

On the nose: Poured at chilled temperature and swirled vigorously, shows a bright, fragrant, liqueur-styled tone with notes of citrus and elderflower.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bold but sleek orange and lemon curling quickly into the top of your cheeks, rushing up with some smooth alcohol.  There is nothing shy about how the sip lodges high in your palate, holding its fragrance and flavors for a very slow release and eventual fade.

In summary: Overall, with its strength and fragrance, reaches three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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