Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Run for the Rose's

Good get together yesterday to watch the Kentucky Derby with wine drinking friends, and since the race is known as the Run for the Roses I took a Rose'.

The wine was opened after the obligatory Mint Julep that goes with the derby, but a good drink of water between the two cleared the palate.

The rose' of the day was Le Grande Bouqueteau, a Chinon from the 2011 vintage.  Bright, cheery fruit with aromas of strawberries and cherries, a medium pale color in the glass and fresh, forward and sweet fruit. That was all balanced by crisp acidity and bright and happy finish.  Hard to fault the wine.   

There was a mixed bag of food, all good - crab salad in wonton cups, smoked salmon and creme fraiche on buckwheat blinis,  pulled pork sandwiches and more. 

 An exciting horse race and even more exciting finish won by a horse named I'll Have Another.  In honor of the winning horse I had another glass of the rose'.

12% alcohol and $14.

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