Rose 2009 from Mordoree and Ojai

This flight is a great comparison of two different approaches to rose, one with rapier-like acidity and the other with a broad and weighty mouthfeel.

The Ojai Vineyard, California, Rose 2009 This rose shows an expression of citrus and cherries in the nose, along with a little bit of the sweatiness associated with Sauvignon. In the mouth it is zippy and embraces the acidic style of rose – very refreshing. The grapes behind this wine are mostly Syrah, with a bit of Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc. Produced and bottled in Oak View 14% purchased for $12.99 at Bottle Barn Ojai

Domaine de la Mordoree, Tavel, “La Dame Rousse” 2009 The nose sports strawberry and the herbs of the landscape. In the mouth, the body is large, a weighty rose as expected. Serve it cold to keep the alcohol in check and dream of spending lunch in an appellation that only features rose wine. The grapes behind this pink wine are 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 10% Clairette. The domaine has 40 hectares of vineyards, 7 of which are in Tavel. Mis au domaine by the DeLorme family, proprietaires et recoltants a Tavel 14.5% purchased for $22.99 at Bottle Barn Mordoree

About RJ

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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