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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hey There, You with LaZarre in Your Eyes

Rosé gets a bad rap. Guys think it’s a girlie wine and girls simply gush over its pretty color. OK, knock it off, all of you! Rosé should be one of the terrific wines in your wine drinking rotation. When made correctly it has acidity, minerality and clean, light flavors. Oh wait, that means I’m talking about Adam LaZarre’s 2012 Vin Gris. This is Adam’s first ever rosé and it undoubtedly proves why I included him on my Into Wine Top 100 Most Influential U.S. Winemakers list. The guy knows how to make balanced, tasty wine. For this little jewel there's a nice little acidity perfect for food with flavors of cranberry pomegranate and to a lesser degree, strawberry. It has an almost earthy, smoky quality to it and it’s lean and clean. Adam only made 44 cases of this (damn it) and this is a rosé which will change your perception about just how good it can be. It’s all Pinot Noir and it’s a barrel aged so there’s a deftly nuanced oak note here. Buy this, drink it, then tell Adam to make more next time! LAZARRE WINES

ORIGIN: Monterey County, California
PRICE: $18 / 750/ml
ALCOHOL: 13.5%

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