Domaine L’Hortus Rosé 2012

August and September are usually our best months in the San Francisco Bay Area for outdoor living and tending to the grill. What better wine would go with the outdoors than a Rosé wine? I know that a good, crisp chilled white wine is also a good choice, but that beautiful bright pink color of a Rosé adds a refreshing touch to backyard fun. I have been tasting several Rosés over the past few weeks, trying to choose a varied selection for my blind Rosé tasting this week with the Vintage Wine Tasters. The only reason this one did not make the cut is that I already had two French Rosé wines in the mix of six wines. I will post the results later in the week on Wine Values & Bargains of our Rosé blind tasting. Watch for it!

Domaine De L’Hortus Rosé 2012 – Weimax Wines $12.99

The Domaine De L’Hortus Rosé comes from the Languedoc area of France, in a rugged craggy cliff area known as the Pic Saint Loupe wine appellation. The wine is a blend of 15% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre, 50% Grenache and 5% Cinsault, all organically farmed. The color is a little lighter than most Rosé wines and has a bit of an orange tinge to it. Red fruit flavors like raspberry come to mind, along with a bit of minerality. I think the aftertaste is short but the wine is quite enjoyable. I rate the wine at 87 Points and a very good value for a tasty French Rosé wine. Enjoy this with appetizers like some zesty and spicy chicken wings. Hmmm, good!

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L’Hortus Rosé

Bodegas Lan Crianza 2009 – Weimax Wines, K&L Wines $9.99

This is a 100% Tempranillo wine from the Rioja region in Spain. The term “Crianza” on the label means the wine must be aged for two years, one full year in a barrel, before being released. This is one of the better wines you will find under the $10 mark. It is medium bodied and has a mix of red and dark fruit characteristics. It has nice balance, acidity and a good finish. This is a good choice for poultry and red meat dishes. 88 Points

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Bodegas Lan Crianza 2009

Segura Viudas Cava – various stores for $8 to $10.

Here is a seriously good Cava, especially for the price. Year after year, the Segura Viudas sparkling wine offers the consumer the best bang for the buck when it comes to budget sparkling wine. I have reviewed this wine before and each time we open a bottle, we are delighted with its taste. There are no flaws in this wine. 86 Points.

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Segura Viudas Cava

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