Sun 27 Dec 2009
The Domaine Carneros Cuvee de la Pompadour Brut Rosé is composed of 58 percent pinot noir grapes and 42 percent chardonnay. The winery, in the Carneros district north of San Francisco, is owned by the Champagne house of Taittinger. The color is pale peach and salmon with a translucent gold sheen; one of the most seductive elements of rosé sparkling wines is that the upward rush of tiny bubbles looks like infinite flecks of gold fire. When the cork come out of the bottle, a winsome scent of strawberry shortcake and fresh biscuits fills the air, to which are added hints of peach, red currants and orange zest. This attractive bouquet is succeeded by flavors of peach and dried currants buoyed by layers of chalk and limestone. The texture is almost creamy, but edged with crisp acidity for liveliness and vitality. A lovely dry brut rosé, delightful to drink. Excellent. About $36 (at the winery, but I paid $30 in Memphis).
December 27 is the Holy Day of John, apostle and evangelist, patron saint of writer, theologians and publishers.