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April 10, 2015 Wine Pick of the Week

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Mira Rose Picmonkey

2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir



Napa Valley

Alcohol: 14.2%

Suggested Retail: $27


“At one time wine drinkers in this country dismissed rosé as soda pop for adults. Given the style American wineries were producing, this was probably fair comment. Most of them were sweet, soft and inexpensive—pretty much White Zinfandels of a slightly darker hue.

"This was not the case in France, where rosé made in a dry style was quite popular in the south of the country, especially in Provence. Today rosés are bigger than ever there. Gerard Bertrand, a Pays d’Oc producer is quoted today in The Drinks Business as saying that rosé’s share of the domestic French wine market has risen from 15% to 30% in the last five years. Much of the growth is taking place in the premium-priced segment. In fact, Garrus, a rosé from Chateau d’Esclans in Provence, is reputed to cost more than ₤50 (about $70), according to the article at the British website.

“Many wineries in the United States are now producing dry rosés of better and better quality. Last month Vino La Monarcha, a rosé of Pinot Noir from Washington state’s Columbia Valley, was named Best of Show in the 2015 Great Northwest Wine Competition. Taste California Travel’s Wine Pick for this week is also a rosé made from Pinot Noir grapes. The aroma of the 2013 Mira is clearly that of Pinot Noir, though subtler than a fully red version of a quality Napa Valley Pinot. Scents of strawberries and rose petals lead to a feeling of richness in the mouth. There is almost a texture to the wine, which may be due—at least in part—to the alcohol level of 14.2%. This is a serious wine that showcases its provenance. At $27 it’s fairly pricey for a rosé, but quality grapes (100% Napa Pinot Noir) and winemaking (it’s fermented and aged in French oak), don’t come cheaply.”

Food Affinity: “Rich egg dishes at brunch. Mushrooms Vol au Vent. Grilled chicken with a sweet and spicy sauce.”

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