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Tasting Notes: 2009 Sainte Leocadie Minervois Rosé

It's been a great year for California dry rosé – more and more producers are making a high quality rosé, and selling them for under $20, and finding they are often gone by end of summer. (Which for the record, a great rosé is drinkable all year long. ) But I always dabble in rosé from France, especially when dollars are tight. One can often find a good bargain for $8-12. Unfortunately it seems some producers are creeping up in alcohol, catching the US, who on the other hand, some producers here (like Breggo) are make great rosé under 13% alcohol.

I grabbed this wine online during a big K&L Wine sale – one of my favorite wine merchant in San Francisco. I love

their will call order method:  I can place orders online as I wish, then pick them all up will call once a month.

When I saw a French rosé, marked from down to $5.99 from $10 and made from my beloved Rhones, (40% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 20% Cinsault), I said what's to lose? If its not great I'll mix it with some club soda and ice and lemon and make a cocktail.

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pan” style=”font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold;”>Tasting Notes: 2009 Sainte Leocadie Minervois Rosé 

To The Eye: An interesting salmon color, almost orange.

On The Nose: Strawberry, hint of watermelon, spice

In The Mouth: Generally easy to drink. Red fruit, spice, good density. The finish could be a bit better, and feels a bit bigger than 13% alcohol, but its expressive, easy to drink, and would pair well with a pizza, salad, some spiced (not hot) fare – versatile.

Recommendation: Its not going to win an Academy Award, but for the money, it's worth buying a bottle. Or two.

Where to Buy: Online (or in store) at K&L. Less than 100 bottles appear left. http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1068761

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