Mini-reviews 151: Black Friday edition 2021
Reviews of wines that don’t need their own post, but are worth noting. Look for it on the fourth Friday of each month. This month: two roses and two reds for Black Friday 2021
• Les Deux Moulins Rose 2020 ($17, purchased, 12.5%): This French pink is one of the best roses I've tasted in years, which means a couple of things. First, availability may be a problem. Second, it may cost as much as $20. But it's worth it -- fruity (strawberry), not quite tart, and a long finish that's not quite crisp. It's a weird blend to boot, with gamay, cabernet franc, and something called grolleau. Highly recommended. Imported by Paris Wine Co.
• Cellier des Dauphins Côtes du Rhône Reserve 2018 ($11, purchased, 14.5%): The French red is a little disappointing, given the quality of the white. The syrah in the blend, though only 40 percent, seems to overpower the grenache. Not badly done, just not what I was hoping for. Black fruit, heavy in the mouth. Imported by Plume Ridge
• Castle Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 ($11, sample, 13.5%): This Washington state red is solid, supermarket-quality cabernet -- some green herbs, some dark fruit, and sturdy tannins. If it's not especially Washington state, it's not soft and gooey, either.
• Capezzana Vin Ruspo 2020 ($15, purchased, 12.5%): An Italian rose that is oh so pretty, full of berries and almost rich -- yet somehow also fresh. A fine example of the Italian style. And, of course, availability may be limited. Imported by Dalla Terra