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Friday, April 08, 2011

2007 Domaine de Nizas Rose

Domaine de Nizas was established in 1998 by John Goelet the owner of Clos du Val winery in Napa. The 51 hectares of vines are situated between Caux and Nizas in the Languedoc region of France. This particular rosé is composed of 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 20% Mourvedre. - AOC Coteaux du Languedoc.

It's interesting tasting a rosé that has just a bit of age on it. I actually don't agree with many of the people who say these blush wines need to be drunk right upon release. I sometimes really enjoy the extra subtle hints of oxidation that are imparted on these wines with a few years in the bottle.

On the nose I get an explosion of strawberry aroma that combines with cranberry, pink grapefruit, mineral, and wet pavement. There is just a slight nuttiness on the bouquet as well which I think is indicative of the 4 years it has spent in bottle.

On the palate the wine is round and opulent and exhibits soft flavors of red raspberry, cranberry, and citrus peel. On the entry and the mid-palate the wine appears to be a bit watery and perhaps devoid of flavor, but on the finish this rosé absolutely explodes with an intense rush of fruit, acid, and mineral. There is a really nice crushed-stone minerality that the wine expresses on the finish that really makes this wine interesting and quite complex. VERY long finishing for a rosé - 90+ points

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