Rose Taste Off – Loire vs. Napa Valley
August in Virginia is very HOT and humid… perfect weather for cool Rose!
I picked up both of these at a Rose tasting at Grape and Gourmet in Virginia Beach.
Jana 2007 Rose www.janawinery.com
Napa Valley, California. In arabic, a verb used in the sense of “harvesting good things from life.” This wine was made by Scott Harvey along with his wife Jana. This particular rose is made from 100% grenache.
$13.99. Real cork closure. Light pink color. On the nose, I got strawberry, hints of watermelon and a strong Big League Chew bubble gum component (brings back memories of playing little league back in the day and trying to chew the entire pack at once). I liked the bubble gum component. In the mouth, I picked up watermelon and more Big League Chew. Good acidity. Definitely bubble gum on the finish. These are the times when I wish there were other people reading this just to provide some validation to these off scents.
Christian Salmon 2007 Rose (Alfio Moriconi Selection)
Loire, France – $17.99
Darkpink, salmon color. Strong cherry and strawberry on the nose. Not as minerally as I expected so I’ll this one ‘mineral-lite.’ On the finish, I picked up some green apple (yes, green apple) and sour cherries. Light acidity.
Overall, both of these Rose’s were good, especially with this hot weather here in Virginia. I did expect more depth and complexity from both of these at this price point (is it possible for Rose to have true complexity?).
For this taste off… I have to give the edge to Jana!