February 2012

In the Pink

By: Anthony Dias Blue

Waterloo & City General Manager Carolos Tomazos (left) with Anthony Dias Blue.
Pink was the name of the game at our annual holiday tasting of sparkling wines from around the world, held in December at white hot gastropub Waterloo & City in Los Angeles. Rosé bubblies have always held a very special place in my affections, and the 2011 crop of invitation-only entries reconfirmed how enjoyable these wines are when shared with good friends and colleagues—especially with great food as part of the mix. Here are my notes and scores.

Argyle Winery 2008 Brut Rosé Dundee Hills, Oregon ($50) Lush and rich with ripe berry fruit and elegant structure; long and dense; balanced and quite stylish. 89

Billecart-Salmon NV Brut Rosé Champagne, France ($100) Pale pink color; complex and elegant flavors of bright but restrained raspberry; smooth, fine mousse; a classic. 94

Jean-Charles Boisset NV No. 69 Rosé Burgundy, France ($20) A fresh and meaty crémante de Bourgogne with charming raspberry and citrus; crisp, substantial and nicely balanced; lively and long with considerable finesse. 89

Bollinger NV Brut Rosé Champagne, France ($100)
Pale salmon pink; toasty and ripe with fleshy wild raspberry and strawberry; complex, rich and charming; layered and long. 93
Terlato Wines International

Charles Heidsieck NV Rosé Réserve Champagne, France ($70) Smooth and lush with ripe, smooth texture; clean, long and balanced. 89
RÉmy Cointreau USA

Fantinel NV Rosé, Venezie, Italy ($15) Fresh, crispy and showing lots of tangy raspberry, citrus and peach fruit; racy,bright, clean and elegant with real style. 89
Domaine Select Wine Estates

Heidsieck Monopole NV Rose Top Champagne, France ($50) Smooth and lush with ripe fruit and good acid structure; rich and classic style with depth and nice berry fruit. 91

Henriot NV Brut Rosé Champagne, France ($70) Fresh and tangy with spice and ripe berry fruit; classic style with great balance and length; stylish and vibrant. 92

Nicolas Feuillatte 2003 Palmes d’Or Brut Rosé Champagne, France ($200) Deep ruby color; dense and concentrated with meaty flavors and rich style. 88
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Nicolas Feuillatte NV Brut Rosé Champagne, France ($48) Dark pink; heavy, smooth and meaty; dense and quite coarse. 85
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

J Vineyards & Winery NV Brut Rosé, Russian River Valley ($28)
Pretty pink color; fresh and juicy with tangy acidity and clean, pleasant flavors of ripe berries: lovely style and good length. 89

Krug NV Brut Rosé Champagne, France ($300) Salmon pink; seamless and lush with notes of raspberry and complex flavors of toast and spice; long, elegant and complete with impressive depth and nuance. 95
Moet-Hennessy USA

Charles Lafitte NV Rosé Prestige, Vin des Sables, France ($14) Smooth and creamy with raspberry fruit and simple but charming flavors; clean and balanced. 87

Lamberti NV Rosé Extra Dry, Veneto, Italy ($14) medium pink color; off-dry, lush and spicy; clean, ripe and pleasant. 86
Frederick Wildman & SONS

Lanson NV Rose Label Champagne, France ($50) Smooth and lush with lovely balance and smooth, seductive berry fruit; elegant and seamless, long and charming. 93
Lanson International Americas

Moët & Chandon NV Rosé Impérial Champagne, France ($60) Juicy and crisp with lively raspberry fruit and fresh, clean flavors; focused, charming and balanced. 91
Moët-Hennessy USA

G. H. Mumm NV Brut Rosé Champagne, France ($75) Bright salmon pink; minerally and tangy with juicy raspberry and strawberry; fresh, clean and elegant. 91
Pernod Ricard USA

Perrier Jouët 2004 Belle Époque Rosé Champagne, France ($300) Pale salmon pink; racy and fresh with tangy, elegant raspberry and citrus; long, complex and multi-toned; refined, precise and focused with fine mousse and a long finish. 94
Pernod Ricard USA

Perrier Jouët NV Blason Rosé Champagne, France ($75) Dark salmon pink; lush and broad with strawberry and citrus; rounded and neatly balanced; generous and very long. 91
Pernod Ricard USA

Piper-Heidsieck NV Rosé Sauvage Champagne, France ($55)
Deep ruby color; dense, ripe and rich; intense and luscious. 89
RÉmy Cointreau USA
Pol Roger 2002 Extra Cuvée de Réserve Rosé Champagne, France ($115) Light salmon pink; crisp and pure, focused, elegant and silky with lovely acidity and classic style. 94
Frederick Wildman & SONS

Laurent Perrier NV Cuvée Rosé Champagne, France ($100) Medium salmon pink; rich, juicy with lovely raspberry and smooth texture with a firm core of bright acidity; vibrant, balanced and totally charming. 92

Louis Roederer 2006 Brut Rosé Champagne, France ($70) Racy,pure and nervy with lively raspberry and tangy citrus; elegant and balanced with a long finish. 93
Maisons, Marques & Domaines
Roederer Estate NV Brut Rosé, Anderson Valley ($27) Fresh and tangy with bright, elegant citrus; classic, juicy and quite racy; long and dazzling. 90
Maisons, Marques & Domaines

Pommery NV Brut Rosé Champagne, France ($55)
Bright, juicy and bursting with berry fruit and racy acidity; fresh, balanced and totally delicious; tangy, fresh and elegant. 93

Scharffenberger Cellars NV Brut Rosé, Mendocino County ($23) Toasty, minerally and dense with flesh and spice; nice berry fruit and good balance. 88
Maisons, Marques & Domaines

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin NV Brut Rosé Champagne, France ($60) Fresh and juicy with simple fruit and lively acidity; clean and balanced. 89
Moët-Hennessy USA

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