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I continue to question why producers do this, until I realize, duh, it’s to gain attention on a shelf.
Seems rather like a flare that this this is meant to drink now, not cellar. But this is a '17; so that’s a bit of a broadside to that scenario, unless…
…and a Cellar Tracker note on the '18 vintage;
“Late night at Maison Dakota. Drank in Gabriel Standart. Short and fat bottle shape that is still 750ml.
Appearance is clear, pale intensity, salmon pink colour. Legs.
Nose is clean, medium+ intensity, with aromas of red candy and strawberries. Youthful.
On the palate, off-dry, medium alcohol (13%), medium body. Medium flavour intensity, with flavours of onion skin, strawberries, sweet cream, candy cane, spice. Medium finish.
Ok quality. Sweetish which should please some. Messy on the palate for me. Not my type of Rose.”
There is another website in addition to the one linked above but it doesn’t really contain any information. Also the link above which takes you to Palm Bay International mentions an 88 point Wine Enthusiast review in the October '20 issue. Although the picture shows a bottle of 2017, if you download the bottle shots they are for current vintage 2019.
fwiw, just a little useless information
Hmm, an RRV Pinot Noir rose for <$10 at case price. Seems like a likely buy. Any chance of rats?
Also, seems like an appropriate marketing blurb for this year 2020: Our wines celebrate the spirit of taking on any challenge in life, no matter how insurmountable it may seem. I’m surrounded by wildfire smoke now and daytime sky is dark orange. Inside smells like campfire and outside smells like downwind side of the firepit (and we all know you will always be downwind no matter where you move your chair).
@Cerridwyn Same boat. Reminded myself that things flip in a few hours and I often forget. Maybe the 24hr deals never get rats or winemaker participation. Though that would suck, maybe it is our lot in life to purchase blindly. Like the three blind mice. But not three rats 'cause there apparently aren’t any.
I’ve ratted a Friday wine before but if it was a late send out it is hard and can’t trust deliveries these days, if ever but it’s worse. As to vintner participation, I’ve seen that too but it might vary per winemaker
12 is a good deal, I looked around. A very very good deal. But I rarely do 12, usually only the small amount but it’s a Rose. But not sure how well it will age as it takes me awhile to get to stuff.
I might have gone to bed early and forgotten to place an order, so I did anyway, rats (or lack thereof) be damned!
I am not worried about storing for a while; I sometimes find older white blends or roses I forgot I had, and never had a problem with the older cellared bottles. The flavors might change a bit and not be as “bright” but often are still enjoyable and sometimes different in a good way.