Category Archives: Rosé

Copain 2011 Rose Wine “Tous Ensemble” Anderson Valley Pinot Noir


Name of wine: Copain 2011 Rose Wine “Tous Ensemble” Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

(100% Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley AVA, California) Alcohol 13.2%

Produced and botled by Copain Wines, Healdsburg, California

Price paid:  $23 Buy Now

Where purchased:  Copain Winery, Healdsburg, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  This bottle was a wonderful gift from friends that took us wine tasting in Sonoma recently!  Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.  This was tasted on Day 1 of a classic San Francisco 3-day 80 degree heatwave during Indian Summer.  Classic!  I’ll take it.  A refreshing rose. Tasted September 30th, 2012.

Color:  Cantaloupe orange color.  Light and clear.

Nose:  An earthy minerality with black olive essence.

Palate:  Firm tannins, tight, and slightly oily mouthfeel.  Light acidity.  Citrus notes.  A medium finish.  Strawberry hard candy – tart without the sweetness.

Food:  You could absolutely enjoy this one with friends on its own.

Winemaker notes:

From the Copain Wines website.:

About the winemaker

Wells Guthrie discovered early on that his taste in wine gravitated toward Europe in general and France’s Rhône Valley in particular. So much so, he picked up and moved with his new bride to the region to learn from the best. For two years, Wells apprenticed for esteemed winemaker and living legend Michel Chapoutier in France’s Rhone Valley. During that time, Wells was deeply inspired by the traditions and practices of French winemaking, not to mention the European attitude that wine is an essential part of life. At Copain, he creates wines that are firmly rooted in California, yet with the sensibilities of the European wines that so moved him. He is as committed to crafting these elegant, nuanced wines as he is to building a legacy that will be passed down to his daughters in the great tradition of European winemakers whose estates have been in the same family for generations.

The Anderson Valley AVA is located in Mendocino County, California.  The vineyards ae located about 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and known for their Pinots and sparkling wines..

Anderson Valley pinots are not to be missed!  Which Anderson Valley wines have you tried so far?

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Peter Trapasso, also known as “Vino Pete” is the founder of VinoPete.com. Subscribe and visit us weekly for our latest wine review. Now writing for Examiner.com

Roederer Estate Brut Rosé NV Anderson Valley


Name of wine: Roederer Estate Brut Rosé NV Anderson Valley {EAV:ac9606259801e5e3}

(60% Pinot Noir 40% Chardonnay, Anderson Valley AVA, Mendocino County, California) Alcohol 12%

100% Estate grown.  5200 cases.

Price paid:  $22  Buy Now

Where purchased:  Vino!, San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  Looks and smells very inviting.  Picture perfect bottle, label, color, and fizz.  From the coppery foil on the bottle to the pleasant smell and wonderful color.  Very refreshing too.  Like off-dry, artisanal grapefruit soda!  Tasted September 4, 2012.

Color:  Salmony-peach color with lively bubbles.

Nose:  Pleasant, slight yeast detected.  A delicate nose.

Palate:  Pink grapefruit and citrus with mouth filling bubbles.  Some acidity in the finish.  Off-dry.

Food:  I could celebrate and toast this one all night long.  Absolutely pair with fresh oysters on the half shell as well.

Winemaker notes:

Roederer Estate has been producing wines in Anderson valley since 1982.  The estate was founded by Champange Louis Roederer has a 200-year in history in France.

From the Roederer Estate website:

“As with all Roederer Estate wines, the Brut Rosé is comprised of 100 percent estate-grown grapes. Oak-aged wines from the Estate’s reserve cellars are added to the blend, creating a multi-vintage cuvée in the traditional Roederer style. Only the cuvée (first pressing of 120 gallons/ton) is used—no premiere or deuxieme taille. The wine is then fermented at 65 degrees Fahrenheit in high-grade stainless-steel tanks. Five percent Pinot Noir is added for color prior to secondary fermentation; no malolactic fermentation is used. Oak-aged reserve wines from the Estate’s cellars make up 10 percent to 20 percent of the Rosé cuvée.”

The Anderson VAlley AVA is located in Mendocino County, California.  There are several up and coming wineries located here known for their pinots and chardonnays.  Some of my favorite winemakers including Sean Thackrey source some of their grapes from the Valley as well.

Do you prefer Brut, Brut Rosé, or even vintage sparkling wine?  What is your favorite sparkling wine??

About Peter Trapasso

Peter Trapasso, also known as “Vino Pete” is the founder of VinoPete.com. Subscribe and visit us weekly for our latest wine review. Now writing for Examiner.com

Fleur Pinot Noir Rosé North Coast 2011 – Wine Review

Fleur Pinot Noir Rosé North Coast 2011 - Wine Review

Name of wine:  Fleur Pinot Noir Rosé North Coast 2011 (100% Pinot Noir, North Coast AVA)

Price paid:  $13

Where purchased:  Mollie Stones, San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  I really like this rosé and will be buying several bottles more during this summer season.  Fleur Wines pours at the Taste at Oxbow wine salon in Napa.

Color:  Medium red and translucent.

Nose:  Bright and pale watermelon.

Palate:  Acidity.  Slightly silky mouth feel.  Not sweet or very fruity.  Slightly salty on the tongue with a long finish.

Food:  This Fleur rosé is very drinkable on its own.  A suggested food pairing would be lighter fare such as grilled vegetables or a fresh salad.  Lighter cheeses would go well too.

HOT!: We will be discussing Rosé wines of the world on VinoChat on August 9, 2012 at 6pm Pacific Time

What is your favorite Rosé wine this summer?

About Peter Trapasso

Peter Trapasso, also known as “Vino Pete” is the founder of VinoPete.com. Subscribe and visit us weekly for our latest wine review. Now writing for Examiner.com