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Friday, May 7, 2010

Great Values in St. Louis Wines: 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar

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Something Special 2009 County Line Alexander Valley Rosé ($23)

Gut Check loves a good rosé, especially as we head into picnic season. This one is different from most you'll find, as it's made entirely from pinot noir by the expert hand of boutique pinot noir master Eric Sussman of Radio-Coteau.

Stettner says Sussman treats the wine seriously, with "whole-cluster pressing to give a bit of structure" and aging in old oak to create a lovely texture without the oak flavors. He had a bottle open to pour by the glass, and kindly gave Gut Check a taste.

The wine is lively with electric acidity and the flavor of fresh ripe strawberries. This one screams out for ham, or cold fried chicken on a warm day.

And finally: a Splurge...

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