Brian’s Wine Wednesday: 2014 Tavel Rose

Rose_Ripley2For years I stayed away from Rosé because I thought anything pink was going to be cheap and sugary sweet. Plus, most of the time I’d rather have a red anyway, even on crazy hot 100 degree days! I’m weird that way. My opinion changed slightly when I kept seeing the words “dry” and “complex” and “delicate” in the tasting notes for Rosé. Finally, at a wine store recently they were sampling Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, and I liked the Rosé way more than the other two.

I told the woman I generally preferred reds and she said, “Trust me, you’ll like this one.”

She was right.

The wine I tasted was the 2014 Tavel Rosé from Château de Trinquevedel (pictured, with my puppy Ripley). I loved it at the tasting, so I bought a bottle. At home, the first sip was blah, but after we tried it with some crispy thin crust pizza, it opened up and revealed delicate strawberry flavors with a dry, crisp finish. This is a nice summer wine, although I wish it were $15 instead of almost $20.

3.5-corksOn my five-cork scale based on taste and value, I give the 2014 Tavel Rosé 3.5 corks!

If you’d like to try interesting wines like this at our next Wine Wednesday Tasting Party at The Wharf Tavern, click here to win a spot on the guest list!

Brian Demay

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