Bodegas Arrayan Premium Red Blend 2005

16052010      This proprietary red blend provides a complexity that can’t be matched by comparable mono-varietals because it has a powerful blend of 55% Syrah, 20% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot coupled with 14 months of aging in new French oak behind it.  After starting with an aroma of sweet fruit, it is no surprise that the palate is one of lush black fruit which remains very persistent on your tongue and is then matched by the even longer finish.  This cuvee would be an excellent addition to a steak dinner or a nice complement to an evening spent entertaining around your homes outdoor space while you maximize the culinary potential of your grill.  Wine Advocate gave this wine a 93 point rating and it can be found in select P.L.C.B. stores at a discounted price of $24.99 with the product code 032370.  P.L.C.B. lists the quoted price at $45.00 but I managed to find it listed on Amazon wine for $39.99 making the $24.99 price a very good deal for a wine of this caliper.  The Arrayán family of wines are produced by La Casa de Las Cuatro Rayas in the Méntrida region of Spain.

Smell the Rose

     Well it is Memorial Day weekend, the official start of summer with all of its festivities.  It is also the unofficial start of Rosé season, conditions are perfect for this wine to really shine in all of its styles. Rosé is made in many styles from very dry to sweet along with a wide range of sparkling wines.  There is no need to over think your Rosé purchase  I recommend just reading the tasting notes and picking

A glass being full of rosé wine
A glass being full of rosé wine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 one that sounds good.  Mas de Guiot Rosé 2010 sounded good to me because it is made in the traditional dry crisp style of a Southern French Rosé.  This wine has a deeper Rosé color than do most Rosés along with a dry finish.  This can be attributed to the blend of grapes that is mainly Grenache with some Syrah and a little Mourverde.  I think the winery notes say it best “Fresh with bright red licorice and ripe cherry notes backed by a stony hint.  Very tasty.”  This is a P.A.L.C.B. store online exclusive with the product code 20370 and a WA rating of 88.  It is also has an unbeatable price of $7.99 on sale from $12.99