Yes, that’s right- another Rose. Two weeks in a row. I wasn’t kidding when I said I was going to drink Rose every day until Spring decides to stay. Today was nice, but I’m still holding out for a nice 70 degrees. You may as well know- I go through phases a lot, and right now I’m in a Rose phase. Call it the phase, call it whatever, BUT the Mulderbosch Rose and this Domaine de Nizas Rose from Languedoc (aka The ‘Doc) are two of the BEST wines I’ve had recently- and they’re as different as night and day! Which is why I love wine.
Alright- I know it says “Ricky’s Pick”- but it’s my pick, too! We like the same things a lot of times. But I always pronounce them properly (inside joke). Actually, I really don’t know how to pronounce Nizas. Somehow Nih-zus doesn’t sound right. Maybe Nee-zus? Either way it’s an awkward word. Those darn French! If the wine wasn’t so good I’d hold it against them!
So, if the Mulderbosch Rose was a “manly” Rose, this Nizas Rose is it’s lovely female companion. If it were to take the form of a dress (in honor of the fact that I’m watching the Oscars as I write), it would definitely be Jennifer Lopez’s iridescent pink, beautifully sculptural dress. I’m really not her *biggest* fan, but I do think that dress was amazing! Feminine, yet strongly shaped and a little exotic and with a nice flair. Kudos to J-Lo for that one. Here it is in case you missed it…
But I digress- the point is- THIS ROSE IS UNBELIEVABLE!! In case I didn’t beat it into your head with the Mulderbosch post- Rose is SO GOOD! and remember- not all pink wine is White Zinfandel! Feminine really is the operative word- it’s delicate, with notes of dried berries, cherries, white flowers, hint of spice, some white chocolate, and a simply beautiful mouthfeel. The winemaker’s notes call it “vibrant, crisp and dry” and I can’t really improve on that succinct wording. One of my favorite words- quaffable- I’ll throw that in here. This is quaffable wine. An extremely awkward word that means it’s pleasant and easy to drink. But when else does one get to say quaffable?
And PS- Wine Spectator! I am pissed at you for only giving this 88 points! 88 points is decent, but you’re waaay off on this one. It costs an unbelievable $15, and that fact alone, combined with how freaking good it is, makes it deserving of a 90-point rating. It’s only a 2-point difference, but I’m still sour about it.
Happy sipping, DRINK ROSE!
Another PS- I’m going to VEGAS this week, so keep an eye on my tweets (@winesnobsc) and be prepared to drool over all the wine I’ll be drinkin’!
6 thoughts on “Oscar Edition- Domaine de Nizas Rose, 2008”
I never would have even CONSIDERED a Rose were it not for one I had at Waldensian Vineyard in Valdese, NC. It is now my fave wine to sip poolside/hot tub (even on ice!)
This is the first spring that I’ve really “discovered” Rose.. I can’t get enough!
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