Saturday, June 12, 2010


Chateau Ste. Michelle Nellie's Garden Dry Rosé

Occasionally I find myself parking in an area where some of the businesses validate and some don't.  The restaurants don't, but a store that sells wine does.  You see it coming, don't you?  Enjoy a meal, hop over to the bargain wine shop on the way to the parking lot and pick up a bottle of something cheap.  Get validated with that purchase and it's like I paid for parking and got a free bottle of wine in the deal.
The Chateau Ste. Michelle Nellie's Garden Dry Rosé was a steal at four dollars.  It's not a bad little pink.

Actually, it's a deep, rich strawberry red.  The wine is made of 98% Syrah and 2% Grenache, and hits 13.7% abv.  Always welcome in a rosé is a big fruity nose, and this one delivers just that, full of fresh strawberries.  The palate shows strawberry as well, along with raspberry and a bit of some Syrah-like spiciness. 

It's delicious, and it should pair well with salads and seafood, but I might want just a shade more acidity for pairing with anything heavier.  As a sipper, I'll take this any day, parked on the porch.  For four bucks, I didn't expect much.  I feel like a got quite a deal, though.

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