By Kori ~ July 5th, 2012.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™s selection, the 2011 Julietteâ€™s Dazzle RosÃ© from the Horse Heaven Hills of Washington State.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$20
- Must be widely available
Julietteâ€™s Dazzle RosÃ© is produced and bottled under the Dolan & Weiss Cellars label. However, the masterminds behind it are Long Shadowsâ€™ founder Allen Shoup and winemaker Gilles Nicault. For years, Gilles has made a dry rosÃ© for Allen to enjoy and share with his own family and friends. After numerous requests from guests at Allenâ€™s dinner parties, in 2011, he asked Gilles to set aside a special block of grapes at The Benches Vineyard to allow for increased production.
â€œNamed after Allenâ€™s granddaughter, Julietteâ€™s Dazzle is light pink in color and offers aromas of strawberry and orange peel. It is a dry style but with sweet fruit flavors and clean sharp acidity creating a light and refreshing finish.â€
2011 Julietteâ€™s Dazzle RosÃ© (The Benches Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington): 98% Pinot Grigio and 2% Sangiovese. Pale pink salmon in color. Very aromatic with raspberry, cherry, and floral notes on both the nose and palate. Dry and light to medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a long, refreshing finish. Residual Sugar: 1%
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 3 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $15; Available elsewhere, $14 to $15
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris, Rose Wine, Washington State Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25