Rosé All Day

Yesterday afternoon, my Family, some Friends, Husband and I went to a local winery for Mom’s birthday. The winery itself is gorgeous. It sits on top of a hill overlooking 22 plus acres of vines with a beautiful stone patio complete with a pergola. There were all those typical scenes you see at a winery: red faced bachelorettes accompanied by her drunken bridesmaids, newly engaged couples having their photos taken, breast feeding mothers[1], dogs and children[2]. The weather had taken a bit of a chilly spiral in the wrong direction, so we ended up inside with our feast, dining to our hearts content and imbibing the overpriced winery wine. Where I live there are many wineries. The wines, however, are inherently flawed[3]. It seems we just don’t have the climate or the terroir[4] to make good wine, and even though people have been trying their hardest for decades, they’re just not enjoyable.[5] That being said, all in all, it was a fun day. There was cake[6], presents and wine, so really, how could it be bad?IMG_5739

This bottle of rosé caught my eye at a new package store I ventured into the other day on my Solitary Dining adventure. I’d never heard of a Deep Rosé[7] before and since this blog is all about trying new things, I had to buy a bottle. I’m glad I did.

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To:                  Alleged Blog Readers
From:              WineEsquire
Date:               April 26, 2015
Wine:              2012 Isabel Mondavi Deep Rosé Review
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Unlike many rosés I’ve had before, this was not too sweet[8]. The nose was almost floral but not overpowering. I tasted peach, honey and lemon with a bit of a mineral aftertaste. Husband said he got butter. This is thick, not quite syrupy, but it certainly lingers pleasantly on the tongue and palate[9]. Great coloring, a dark but totally transparent cranberry. If this hadn’t been in the Rosé section, I would not have realized it belonged there. Since it’s officially rosé season[10] and I’m a firm believer in trying as many rosés as possible, I wouldn’t hesitate to tell you to go grab a bottle and give it a swirl. This retails online for between $15 and $20 so lawyers of all income brackets can enjoy.

Wine Dossier
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Isabel Mondavi is the wife of Michael Mondavi, son of the world famous vintner, Robert Mondavi. Michael runs his own wine estate with his wife and two sons. This “Deep Rosé” is one of several in the Isabel Mondavi line and is made from cabernet sauvignon grapes from their Napa Valley vineyards.

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] Wait, what?
[2] Yea.
[3] I know, I know, I’m a lawyer, so I know there are always exceptions, but seriously, they’re all bad.
[4] Per Wikipedia, “Terroir (French pronunciation: ​[tɛʁwaʁ] from terre, “land”) is the set of special characteristics that the geography, geology and climate of a certain place, interacting with plant genetics, express in agricultural products such as wine, coffee, tobacco, chocolate, chili peppers, hops, agave (for making Tequila and Mezcal), tomatoes, heritage wheat, maple syrup, tea and sometimes Marijuana.”
[5] For example, yesterday’s chardonnay tasted distinctly like taco dip. While I love taco tip, I don’t care for it in liquid form.
[6] Cannoli cake. So delicious.
[7] Full disclosure: I don’t know how to get the accent over the e without typing fiancé so I can copy and paste it.
[8] Husband said it was a little too sweet for him, so like I’ve said before, wine is a totally personal experience.
[9] Your palate is actually the roof of your mouth. I had to use the Google to make sure I was using the correct word.
[10] Rosé Season is officially defined as that season beginning on the first warm day of the year after the long winter freeze, ending on the last day you can enjoy the sun’s warmth without a jacket and gloves.