Instead of a Whole Bouquet, Try a Valentine’s Rosé!

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The Anderson Valley is, more and more, a ”go-to” county for seductive pinot noir. And that goes for brilliant rosés made from the pinot grape as well. Today’s example is from the small estate of Long Meadow Ranch Winery. Winemaker Stéphane Vivier works beautifully with these grapes that carry the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) seal.
2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley $25 suggested retail price
Pale salmon in color. An intense, floral bouquet of strawberry, watermelon and honeysuckle greets you. It’s totally inviting with a certain “je ne sais quoi” delicacy. Flavors are crisp, tangy and graceful with fresh berry fruit, melon and citrus notes. The texture is remarkably mouth-coating with a bright, spicy finish. Good all by itself or with lighter fare. Drink now.
90/100 points 

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Arturo Ciompi

Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.

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