Tasting Notes Weekend of May 28, 2016

Rosso Wine Shop - Glendale, CA

2015 Chateau Pradeaux Bandol Rosé $35.99 France
Bandol rosé the king of all rosé! Pradeaux's  major part of the vineyards are planted to Mourvedre, but their Bandol rosé is composed of some Cinsault and Grenache as well as Mourvedre. After a short maceration on the skins, in order to extract a light color, the juice is fermented at low temperatures to retain freshness, fruit and bouquet. Top notch.

2014 Domaine du Vissoux Beaujolais Vieilles Vignes $19.99 France
Having grown up among the vines of Domaine de Vissoux, in the Saint Vérand region of France, Pierre-Marie Chermette has endeavored to continue his family's tradition. Among the first in the region to use sustainable agricultural practice (and biodynamic), the wines of Domaine de Vissoux are fermented using native yeasts and bottled with minimal filtration.

2013 Domaine Amido Cotes du Rhone Villages $14.99 France
Made with a blend of mostly Grenache along with some Syrah and Carignan, this deep red way over-delivers for its price. This is perfect on its own or as a go-to for large group gatherings; we prefer it with a simple home-cooked meal. The stones on their parcel in the village Signargues contains large galets roulets, as found in Chateauneuf du Pape and their own vineyards in Lirac.

1998 Bodegas Riojanas Vina Albina Gran Reserva $69.99 Spain
(92 Points: International Wine Cellar) “Medium red. Captivating aromas of redcurrant, candied cherry, rhubarb, vanilla bean, cured tobacco, cedar, mocha and dried flowers. An elegant, suave midweight with wonderfully sweet, mellow red fruit flavors and an array of exotic spice accents. The supple, persistent finish features lingering cherry and red berry flavors.”

2009 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino $39.99 Italy
(92 Points: Wine Advocate) “The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is a gorgeous wine that shows the best side of a warm vintage. The wine opens to a soothing, dark color with loaded aromas of bright fruit, balsam herb, moist earth and cola. The wine veers toward the modern and extracted side of the Brunello spectrum, but it is by no means one-dimensional or heavy. Ready to drink.”