Archive for August, 2010

Things I heart, take 7

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

by Ms. Kelly

Things I heart, take 7: 2007 Vinedos de Ithaca ‘Odysseus’ Pedro Ximinez

Sigh, this wine is so good.  It’s so good that I’m tempted to take a bottle home with me and skip my plans for the gym!  Hailing from the Gratallops in the Priorat region of Spain, this is one winery not to be overlooked.  I am not alone in my love for this winery as it seems to be a constant favorite among the lushes.  The young rockstar winemaker, Silivia Puig, is creating some fascinating wines that are truly unique – I mean, how many other dry Pedro Ximinez do you find around?  This wine is just beautiful with a little hint of petrol on the nose, lots of minerals with some nice floral notes and citrus fruit while being soft and pretty on the palate.  It is really well balanced with a little hint of oxidation coming through.  BEWARE though, this wine is so delicious that when followed with a…hmm, lesser quality wine I suppose I would say…it really shows how extremely well balanced and beautiful the PX is and makes it a little sad to drink anything but that!  As normal, my recommendation would be to stop by and pick up a bottle of this as soon as humanly possible, you never know when I’m going to win the lottery and buy all that’s left!!

Cheers, KC

The Rosé of the Summer

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

This has been the summer of the rosé. More than in previous summers, all I want to do is drink pink wine. Maybe it’s the heat, or maybe it’s all the veggies I’ve been eating, or maybe it’s the influx of high quality rosé in the market…whatever the cause, rosé has been my go-to beverage this summer. I am not too discriminating when it comes to rosé; I like them all. Pale pink blends from Provence, robust salmon-colored rosés from the States (Washington State and Virginia at the top of the list!), bubble-gum hued Spanish rosés, lightly effervescent Txakolina rosés, and even some elegant pink Champagne when I’m feeling indulgent.

But there was one rosé that stood above them all. Yes, I will say it, this is my Rosé of the Summer: the 2009 Sperino Rosa del Rosa. A blend of 85% Nebbiolo, 10% Vespolina, 5% Creotina from the Piedmont region of Italy, this wine is wildy aromatic: raspberry, red cherry, and pomegranate fruit on the nose, with a burst of ripe fruit on the front palate, softening up to a leesy bitterness at the back. I can’t get enough of it.

What’s your rosé of the summer?