Domaine de la Piegonne Rosé 2017

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Domaine de la Piegonne
Varietal: Rosé
Vintage: 2017
Country of Origin: France
Retail Price: $14.99

Tasting Notes: Round and refreshing with crisp acidity, notes of strawberry and a touch of honey highlight this Rhone rosé. The approachability and bright fruit make this a great choice for people who generally pick up the Provence rosés.

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Estandon Rosé 2016

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Estandon
Varietal: Rosé
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: France
Retail Price: $14.95

Tasting Notes: Produced near Aix, this is one of the prettiest rosés on the market. Perfect salmon color, beautiful mineral and fruit balance with a mélange of pear, peach and strawberry. Grilled seafood and goat cheese just sparkle with this wine.

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Chateau de Campuget Rosé 2017

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Chateau de Campuget
Varietal: Rosé
Vintage: 2017
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Costiéres de Nimes
Retail Price: $14.99

Tasting Notes: 30% grenache noir, 70% syrah. Ballet-slipper pink on appearance, its nose is of summer red fruits. On the palate there is zippy citrus, and melon flavors. This wine is more than ready to convert anyone still harboring rosé reservations.

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Lyanne de Provence Rosé 2017

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Lyanne de Provence
Varietal: Rosé
Vintage: 2017
Country of Origin: France
Retail Price: $24

Tasting Notes: Inviting aromas reveal new complexities every time you revisit the glass . . . unfolding into melon, then peach, then a pink grapefruit note. The palate is bone dry, yet carries nice weight and a creamy roundness that precisely balances the minerality and tension through the middle. Delicious.

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Domaine Maby La Forcadierer Rosé 2016

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Domaine Maby
Fanciful Name: La Forcadierer
Varietal: Rosé
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: France
Retail Price: $17.95

Tasting Notes: A fastidiously made organic wine. Longer skin contact produces a deep crimson hue. Black and white grenache, cinsault and syrah are beautifully blended to produce a full, rich palate that can handle a platter of roast beef.

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Mas La Cheveliere Pinot Noir

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Mas La Cheveliere
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2015
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: IGP Pays d'Oc
Retail Price: $12.95

Tasting Notes: Made by the LaRoche folks of Chablis, their ultra-modern winery in Beziers, France, is light, fragrant and delicious pinot. High marks for the cost. An every-day winner.

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Bouchard Père & Fils Pinot Noir

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Bouchard Père & Fils
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2014
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Côte de Beaune Villages
Retail Price: $30

Tasting Notes: Wonderfully Burgundian. Lighter in color in the glass, with bright ruby through and through. Elegance and delicacy are the perfect descriptors for both the nose and palate. A lovely example of why many people feel that Burgundy is the home of pinot noir.

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Joseph Drouhin Pinot Noir

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Joseph Drouhin
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2014
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Chorey-Les-Beaune
Retail Price: $29

Tasting Notes: The areas around the town of Beaune are justly famous for their elegance and sense of terroir. This is a prime example of Beaune character. Medium-bright ruby throughout the glass. Plenty of dark-berry fruit are exhibited on the nose and palate. Good acidity keeps everything in balance. Lovely now, with lots of potential for aging.

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Nicolas Potel Bourgogne Pinot Noir

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Nicolas Potel
Fanciful Name: Bourgogne
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2015
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Bourgogne Rouge
Retail Price: $19.99

Tasting Notes: An excellent example of real Burgundy that dispels the myth that Bourgogne is always expensive. The light ruby color is eye-catching. There is a bouquet of rose petal, wild red fruit, and “la garrigue.” Flavors of not-quite-ripe cherry and raspberry balance with subtle hints of allspice and minerality. The finish is lengthy with supple tannins and sweet/tart acidity. The wine is nice now, but will develop for 2-3 more years. It’s a great value!

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Domaine de Bellevue Signargues CDR 2016

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Domaine de Bellevue
Fanciful Name: CDR
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: France
Retail Price: $14

Tasting Notes: A vibrant and fresh example of Cotes du Rhone leading with bright brambly flavors of raspberry and red cherry. The structure of the wine consists of baking spice and black pepper. A great value Cotes du Rhone.

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