All this week, we'll be reviewing rosés in honor of Valentine's
Day. I consider rosé a misunderstood wine that can be excellent. Sadly,
too many rosés are still sugary sweet. Rosé is more than white zinfandel or cheap blush, but a full-fledged wine style in itself. This week, we'll explore dry rosé, one of my favorite types of wine. All the wines in this series are under $15, most are under $10.
Next up in our series is the 2006 Tin Roof Cellars Rosé,
which I picked up at Liquor Direct for $7.98. Tin Roof and I have an troubled relationship. I often try their wines, wanting to like them, and I'm always left disappointed. In this case, the Tin Roof Rosé was recommended by a friend with great taste in wine. I was excited to try it, but it proved to an exercise in how wine is subjective. What I like may not be the right thing for you, and vice versa.
This rosé is bright corally pink in color. On the nose I noticed some citrus and then, oddly, some petrol. Kevin thought there was just a touch of sulfur on the nose as well. This one is a blend of 39% Zinfandel, 19% Pinot Noir, 17% Merlot, 12% Syrah, 9% Chardonnay, and bringing up the rear, 4% Petite Sirah.
In the mouth, it was tart and well-structured in that it wasn't weak or flabby. But it seemed to be off on the finish, and it had a really short finish – sort of all tartness, no flavor. And that's all I really got out of it. This is a wine I really wanted to like, but it seemed to me more like a puzzle that was missing a piece. It just wasn't all there.
Think Pink Rosé Series
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