Wine Tasting
Azabache Rioja Rosado

Winery: Azabache
Brand/Type: Rosado
Vintage: N/A
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Alcohol content: 13.5%
Closure: Natural Cork
Appearance: Pink

Table wine, no vintage. Dry, fresh, fruity, slightly crisp, well balanced. Good value. Organic too!

Cycles Gladiator Dry Rose’

Winery: Cycles Gladiator
Brand/Type: Dry Rose’
Country: USA
Region: California
Alcohol content: 13.5%
Closure: Synthetic
Appearance: Pale cherry
Aroma/Bouquet: Cherry, cranberry, pomegranate

Cycles Gladiator adorns their label with some very pretty art by French painter G. Massias.

Bait and switch warning!
The label (with pretty art) claims this wine to be dry. The truth is that it is sweet. Not Boones Farm or Arbor Mist sweet, but in no way, shape, or form, can this be considered dry. It is certainly not off-dry either.

This is a fruity sweet wine. It does have a reasonable aroma that is reminiscent of cherries, cranberry, and pomegranate. It tastes strongly of cranberry and strawberries and has a poor and slightly bitter finish

This is a fairly inexpensive wine and performs as such. Did we mention that they have pretty art on their labels?

Pentamere Rose’ Table Wine

Winery: Pentamere
Brand/Type: Ros’ Table Wine
Vintage: N/A
Country: USA
Region: Michigan
Alcohol content: 12%
Closure: Natural cork
Appearance: Cerise
Aroma/Bouquet: Hay and strawberries.

Pentamere is a unique winery; they have no vines. Located in Tecumseh, Michigan, only an hour from Detroit, this is probably one of the last places you would expect to find a winery. Tecumseh is better known for its architecture and antiques. Their website even makes light of their location.

Pentamere instead buys grapes from various vineyards throughout Michigan and produces their own wine. Now this isn’t a new idea or a radical concept, plenty of the huge wine labels do this. Pentamere isn’t huge. Instead they choose to make fine wine in a quaint little town off the beaten track and concentrate their energy on making wine versus growing grapes and making wine. Seems like more fun to me!

This wine is bears a resemblance to a Cabernet Sauvignon “lite”. It has a good body to it for a Rose’. Much more complex than most but not a full bodied red either. Full of fruit flavors and a slight hint of oak, this has soft tannins and a nice clean finish. This is a Rose` for the red wine drinker who doesn’t like Rose’. It’s also a good wine for those white wine drinkers who want to step up to reds.

Pentamere has many good and interesting wines. They’re worthy of a look. Like many Michigan wines, distribution outside of the state is scant. Pentamere does offer online sales however.

Wine Tasting:
La Vieille Ferme 2004 Côtes du Ventoux

Winery: La Vieille Ferme
Brand/Type: Rosé
Vintage: 2004
Country: France
Region: Provence, Côtes du Ventoux
Alcohol content: 13%
Closure: Scew cap
Appearance: Medium Ruby
Aroma/Bouquet: Fresh grapes and cinnamon

This Rose (a blend of Cinsaut (50%), Grenache (40%), Syrah (10%)) is quite fruity! It’s a very nice alternative to White Zinfandel. Yes, we know we probably just offended many wine snobs for even mentioning White Zin. Get over it!

It has a slight cherry tangent but with a more cranberry/orange taste. A nice dry and clean finish.

OK, so this is a much drier wine than the aforementioned variety. This wine is probably best chilled but is quite good at slightly less than room temperature. Perfectly acceptable at room temperature too!

This is very reasonably priced. Buy it if you can find it!