StateWays Nov/Dec 2015

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45 StateWays ■ ■ November/December 2015 (93) Oberon Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (California). The wine is a brilliant pale gold in the glass. The nose is a lovely mix of tropical and citrus fruits, with a subtle fl oral hint. The palate is exceptionally well balanced, with a long, attractive fi nish. ($18) (93) Trione River Road Ranch Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (California). A delicious white, loaded with complex citrus and tropical fruit notes. Long, elegant and beautifully balanced. ($25) (93) Whitehall Lane Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (California). Crisp and delightful with a good balance of grapefruit and lime. The fi nish is gratifying and allows it to work well with linguine and clams in a white broth. ($18) (92) Franciscan Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (California). Looking at the wine in the glass, it is a brilliant straw with subtle green hints. The nose is dominated by citrus, with some stone fruit and spice. The palate is bright, clean, and echoes the nose. The fi nish is quite long, with a lovely aftertaste. ($17) (92) Grgich Hills Fume Banc 2012 (California). A taste profi le of white peaches, dried apricots, Meyer lemon and tone of minerality. Framed by toasty oak and vanilla from the French oak fermentation. A treat with shellfi sh. ($28) ROSÉ (97) Champagne Henriot, Brut Rosé (France). A stunning example of a world-class rosé Champagne. 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) Chateau Grande Cassagne Rosé 2014 (France). A blend of 60% grenache and 40% syrah with 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) Guilhem Moulin De Gassac Rosé 2014 (France). A blend of 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 acidity balanced with a hint of minerality. A terrifi c thirst quencher. ($12) (93) Domaine Le Pive Gris Vin Rosé 2014 (France). Don't be fooled by the tropical fruit in the nose. This pale-pink wine, featuring four grapes (merlot, grenache noir, grenache gris, cabernet franc), is actually a dry, light blend. Perfect for enjoying outdoors on a summer's eve. ($15) (93) Gruet Sparkling Brut Rosé NV (New Mexico). Always a favorite; fresh, dry and rich with hints of strawberries, raspberries and cherry; consistent quality. Great with ham, Indian food and appetizers. ($17) (92) Chateau La Tour St Anne Rosé 2014 (France). This delicate wine delivers cherry and strawberry notes. It pairs well with lighter dishes or on its own, and should be served well chilled. ($15) (92) Domaine St Croix Cuvee Montlaures 2014 (France). Lively and elegant, full-up berries and minerality leading to a balanced, fruity fi nish. ($24) (92) Dr. Konstantin Frank, Dry Rosé 2014 (New York). The darker pink color showcases the blend of different varieties—pinot noir, merlot, cabernets sauvignon and franc. Ripe and attractive berry fruit on the nose is followed by a taste that's clean and bright, with a refreshing and satisfying fi nish. ($15) (92) Martin Ray Vineyards and Winery Rosé of Pinot Noir 2014 (California). This rosé from the Russian River Valley will awaken your senses starting with its pink rose-petal color followed by fl oral notes of raspberry and orange blossoms and continuing with beautiful tropical fruit and lime fl avors. Medium bodied with excellent balance. ($15) THE BEST OF ★ 2015 (95) Domaine du Tariquet Rosé 2014 (France). A neat blend of 30% merlot, 30% cabernet franc, 15% tannat and 25% syrah. Hints of pomegranate, cherry and raspberry tantalize the nose and show up on the palate with a bit of ginger and pear. The mouthfeel is rather delicate, but intriguing. The fi nish is clean, refreshing and very satisfying. An elegant, delicious wine. ($13) (95) Domaine Saint Antoine Rosé 2014 (France). This is 100% syrah—and it shows. The wine's color is cherry red. There's a fl oral bouquet with notes of rose 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) Alexander Valley Vineyards Dry Rosé 2014 (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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