Screwtop Wine Bar: Worthwhile Waiting

The Wine Rangers headed out to another nearby watering hole to sample some vino.  I was the first to arrive at this very popular spot on a Thursday evening.  Not wanting to waste the time, I succumbed to the friendly staff’s offer to serve me a little something while I hovered – with quite a few other folks – waiting for a spot.

One thing I really like about this establishment is that their menu offers wines by the bottle, glass, and sip (half glass).  That provides almost an incentive (not that I need one – lol) to experiment.

After perusing the list, I ordered a half glass of the Early Mountain Viognier 2011 from Charlottesville, VA.  This Viognier was pale straw color.  On the nose I found spiced apple cider.  It was light-bodied with the characteristic touch of viscosity, and acidity was bright.  Flavors were a solid core of apple (no pun intended) with hints of spice and a touch of fig.  It was a pleasant sipper, and disappeared all too quickly.

As my fellow Wine Ranger, Heather, was running late, I had another look at the wine list.  Unable to resist the temptation, I ordered a half glass (aka sip) of the Villa Wolf Rosé 2012 from Pfalz, Germany.  The Villa Wolf was a pretty salmon color with a floral bouquet.  Although a light-bodied wine, it  had good acidity and a fun, almost flirty flavor profile of bing cherry and lemon/lime.  Flavors weren’t heavy but light and lively.

Eventually, the Wine Rangers were reunited, and the evening began in earnest.  But a report on that adventure will have to wait for another post.  In the meantime, I wish you worthwhile waiting, too.

 

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Château Millegrand Minervois Rosé 2012

This blush wine from the Minervois area in the Languedoc region of France is a blend of Syrah, Grenache Gris and Mourvèdre grapes.  Château Millegrand is located outside the village of Trèbes.  Since 2003 it has been owned by Jean-Michel Bonfils and his sons who have undertaken significant renovations there.  Interestingly enough, less than a third of Millegrand’s vineyards are in the Minervois AC.

Winemaker:  Château Millegrand
Wine:  Minervois Rosé Table Wine
Varietal:  Blend
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:   Minervois AC, France
Price:  $8.99 at Whole Foods

Notes:   I would describe the color of this wine as a pale coral.  On the nose I got lightly sweet floral scents including chrysanthemum.  On the tongue, this dry French rosé was light-bodied with decent acidity.  Flavors were very gentle on the palate.  They included tart cherry, a green herbaceousness, floral notes, some minerality, and a touch of quinine on the finish.  Alcohol is at 13%.  It’s dry, it’s moderately complex, and it’s subtle.  No doubt this would, indeed, go nicely with those summer salads everyone says these blush wines should be paired with or with a seafood dish (pasta with shrimp, perhaps).  I have to say that I … I liked it!  Finally, a rosé I can say that about unequivocally.  Well, I’m just tickled pink!!  [I’m sorry.  I couldn’t help myself.]

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.