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- Bucko - 03-02-2000 09:58 PM

1999 Geyser Peak Rose of Cabernet, Alexander Valley, $14 retail.

I hate to report on a wine with only a 200 case production, but this wine was just released for sale, winery only, so still available.

This will make a great summer sipper. Fermented on skin for only 24 hours, then cold fermented in stainless steel and kept chilled until bottled. Pure fruit flavors, with raspberries predominating, soft on the palate, finishing clean and crisp. Delightful with sesame chicken tonight. I can see myself enjoying a charcoal grilled burger on the deck this summer with a glass of this wine.

Talking with Darryl Groom, he promises to make more cases of the wine this year.


- Scoop - 03-03-2000 12:12 PM

Sounds enticing, Bucko. Is it dry or off-dry?

BTW, if you are looking for a widely distributed and tasty, dry rose' at a bargain price, look for the Marques de Caceras'1997 or 1998 ($5.99 a bottle in NYC). Nice strawberry and herb notes with some body and a good finish. Great for a picnic or barbecue.



- Bucko - 03-03-2000 12:49 PM

I think that it has 0.4% R.S., just threshold level. Doesn't taste sweet. Thanks for the tip.


- hotwine - 03-03-2000 04:44 PM

That rose' does sound nice, although with such a small production, I'll never see it in the hinterlands. Will second Scoop's recommendation on the Rioja, though; that one in the '95 and '96 is one of my favorites for a beef barbecue.
Speaking of which, if you can stand a suggestion for burgers: try them seasoned only with a dry rub, consisting of equal measures of white pepper, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika and Lowry's Seasoned Salt. Sprinkle both sides of the patties once as you place them on the grill. Same stuff works equally well with brisket, steaks and poultry.