Beverage Dynamics

Beverage Dynamics May/June 2015

Beverage Dynamics is the largest national business magazine devoted exclusively to the needs of off-premise beverage alcohol retailers, from single liquor stores to big box chains, through coverage of the latest trends in wine, beer and spirits.

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Page 46 of 59 May/June 2015 • Beverage Dynamics 47 ★★★★★ Five Stars (92-100) A top- flight wine. Superior in taste and character and providing an outstanding price/value relationship. ★★★★ Four Stars (86-91) A very good wine and an excellent value. A wine for which customers will keep coming back. ★★★ Three Stars (80-85) An above-average wine, at a reasonable price point, which many customers will enjoy. ★★ Two Stars (70-79) An average wine. ★ One Star (50-69) A below-average wine. RATING SYSTEM WINE SELECTIONS R E TA I L E R FIVE STARS (97) Champagne Henriot, Brut Rosé (France). A stunning example of a world class rosé Cham- pagne. From the brilliant salmon pink color, to the fi ne and delicate mousse, you can see its pedigree. Delicate strawberry and cherry on the nose are followed by a palate of complexity and elegance. A long, balanced fi nish confi rms the wine's pedigree and class. Outstanding. ($70) (95) 2014 Chateau Grande Cassagne Rosé (France). 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. A gorgeous, brilliant ruby color with fresh, ripe aromas of lilac and raspberry. Flavors of sweet/ tangy berry and cherry dazzle the palate and fi nish with racy, crisp acidity. A perfect warm- weather aperitif. ($11) (95) 2014 Domaine Saint Antoine Rosé (France). This is 100% Syrah and it shows! The color is cherry-red. There's a fl oral bouquet with notes of rosé petal followed by cherry and red currant. Those fruit fl avors continue on the palate with hints of spice and minerality. The fi nish is long, lively and lip-smacking, with just a bit of sweet fruit. Pair this with grilled Salmon. ($11) (95) 2014 Domaine du Tariquet Rosé (France). A really neat blend of 30% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 15% Tannat and 25% Syrah. Hints of pomegranate, cherry and rasp- berry tantalize the nose and show up on the palate with a bit of ginger and pear. The mouth- feel is rather delicate, but intriguing. The fi nish is clean, refreshing and very satisfying. An ele- gant, delicious wine. ($13) (95) 2014 Guilhem Moulin De Gassac Rosé (France). 50% Grenache and 50% Carignan from 25- to 50-year-old vines grown on stony soils. The color is pretty, a pale carnation pink. Nuances of peach, strawberry, wildfl ower and "fl int" all harmonize on the nose. Flavors of not- quite-ripe raspberry, apricot and peach delight the palate and fi nish with crisp sweet/tart acid- ity balanced with a hint of minerality. A terrifi c thirst-quencher. ($12) The Beverage Dynamics National Retailer Wine Panelists recommend a variety of Rosés. WE ASKED MEMBERS OF THE PANEL to review some of their favorite Rosés. As always, these selections include brief tasting notes, a rating and the wine's retail price (which varies from store to store and market to market). If you're a retail beverage professional interested in participating in the panel, please contact Editor Jeremy Nedelka at 203-855-8499 x213 or ★★★★★(95) 2014 Alexander Valley Vineyards Dry Rosé (California). A lovely pink/salmon color greets the eye. Aromas of strawberry and watermelon with a hint of lilac lead to rich fl avors of wildberry, melon and mandarin. Around all is a wisp of sweet mint. The fi nish is long and zesty with a touch of Alexander Valley terroir. Try this with pasta Alfredo. ($15)

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