Well, the rose weekend continues, this evening with a Bordeaux and a Tuscany rose. Both were nice enough drinking but no one reach the level of great or "I really want to drink more of this". But both went well with a pasta dish with a sauce made of Italian sausage with fennel and black peppar.
2011 Rosato, Castello di Ama
This one has a lovely nose with notes of red currants, pomegranate, cherry pips, a dusty summer tuscan road and the fat of prosciutto. Very nice. Hard cherry candy and dried resin after a while. Very fine.
But the taste, the taste is for the pure masochist, with a clean taste of blood orange peel, red immature currants, unripe rasberries and some dusty elements. The acidity is high and tight. Not much pleasure here... With a creamy pasat sauce it behaves better but on its own it is too tight and uncompromising.
82p (tasted 2012/05)
2011 Clarence Dillon Clarendelle Rose
On the other hand - this had a funky nose but a fine taste... The nose is big, fruity and rather spineless with notes of rasberry candy, wet earth, licorice and beets. A touch artificial. A touch of sea shell sweetness. But there is a funky note that does not blow away.
But the taste, the taste is great - with lovely sweet red fruits - rasberries, wild strawberries and lingonberries. There is also notes of dry coffee, earth and milk chocolate fudge. A long, warm, structured finish. Very, very good.
84p (tasted 2012/05)
I tried to mix the two in the vain hope that I would get the Rosato nose with the Clarendell taste, but no, no, no...