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90+ point rated wines under $20

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2007 Mas Carlot Rosé***
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Vin du Pays D'Oc, France $10 Woodland Hills Wine 9/17/08
Blend of 55% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre. A bright salmon-colored wine with ripe berry and tropical fruit on the youthful, aromatic and floral nose. The palate is light-bodied with bright acidity and is filled with strawberry, raspberry liqour and cherry flavors with hints of spice and herbs on the long and ripe, slightly peachy finish. A lovely, complex wine for the price. Not as big as the Tavels I've had this summer, but just as flavorful. The classiest rosé for the cheapest price of all the 2007s so far. Am going to get more.

2007 Mas des Bressades Cuveé Tradition Rosé**
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Costières-de-Nimes, France $12 Woodland Hills Wine 10/16/08
Blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Cinsault.
A bright, strawberry pink color with aromatics of red berries, spice and flowers. The palate is crisp with sweet-tart flavors of raspberry, strawberry and melon with notes of minerals and white pepper on the finish. Nicely structured with good acidity this is definitely a wine that needs food to show its' best. Not as overtly fruity as I prefer, but not as bone dry as some French rosés. Appealing for the price.

2007 Ortman Family Vineyards Syrah Rosé**
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Paso Robles, CA $16 @ The Winery 7/28/09
A very deep, cranberry-colored wine (for a rosé) with bright red berry fruit, cherry, floral and sweet spice aromas. The palate is light to medium-bodied with a ripe and round mouthfeel, mild tannins and moderate acidity. While the wine is less fruity than the nose or color suggests, it is still filled with flavors of strawberry and raspberry along with a touch of minerality, vanilla and cherry candy on the finish. This wine drinks more like a red wine than a rosé which should please the anti-pink brigade. What it lacks in complexity it makes up for in body. Just wish it had a bit more going on on the midpalate. A nice effort for the price. (14.2% ABV/300 cases)

2007 Tapeña Rosé**
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Tierra de Castilla, Spain $8 Cost Plus 4/16/09
A bright, dark pink colored wine with ripe strawberry, cherry and candy aromas. The palate is well-balanced and light-bodied with fresh cherry and strawberry flavors along with notes of stone fruit, citrus and minerals on the round, yet refreshing finish. Much drier than the color of the wine implies, yet still fruity enough to please me. A well-crafted rosé for the price that would make a great summer party wine.

2007 Tercero Wines Rosé**
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Santa Barbara, CA $12 @ the Winery 8/18/09
A bright and clear watermelon-colored wine with a nose of cherry, strawberry, herbs and minerals that carry through onto the light-bodied palate. With refreshing acidity, this wine is very dry and delivered more depth as it warmed with the strawberry, herb and earthy flavors at the forefront. Easy to drink at 14.1% abv and elegant, just not as deeply flavored as I expected from a blend of 80% grenache, 10% syrah and 10% mourvedre. Bought this after tasting the 08 (which I prefer) to see how they compared. Pretty good QPR, but I prefer my rosés to be a bit more fruit forward. Hoped some time in the bottle would open it up (as it did recently for a different, tight rosé) but it didn't make a difference. Would drink it if you got it.

2007 Vie Winery Belle-Amie Rosé**
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Santa Barbara, CA $18 Red Carpet Wines 4/26/08
A bright ruby pink wine with ripe berry aromas and flavors as well as hints of spice and minerals on the light-bodied but full-flavored palate. Tasted better as it warmed up with nice strawberry and cherry fruit rounding out on the lingering, spice-filled finish. Made from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.

2007 Villa Creek Cellars Rosé*

Region Price Tasted Drank
Paso Robles, CA $13 Mission Wines 4/12/08
A pale salmon color with a bright nose filled with strawberrry and citrus which follows through on the palate with a crisp acidity and more than a hint of alcohol. No doubt mostly a grenache-based wine with strawberry, grapefruit and spice flavors. Light-bodied and refreshing, but nothing to get too excited about.

2007 Vines on the Marycrest Summertime Rosé***
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Paso Robles, CA $20 @ the Winery 1/27/10
A blend of 70% Grenache, 17% Syrah and 13% Mourvedre.
A medium-deep, watermelon-colored wine with bright aromas of red berries, herbs, and earth with hints of sweet spice. The palate is medium-bodied and round with refreshing acidity that balances the ripe fruit flavors. The wine has great depth, showing cherry, strawberry and minerals along with hints of smoky earthiness and notes of melon and apple on the lingering finish. The Syrah and Mourvedre add depth and structure to the wine allowing it to hide its 15.4% abv quite well. Was much more complex as it warmed. This wine is already sold out. Wish I had another bottle. Can't wait to try the 09.

2006 Arroyo Robles Syrah Rosé**
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Paso Robles, CA $21 @ the Winery 1/6/08
The bright pink color reflects the ripeness of the grapes. The aromas of strawberry and kiwi leap from the glass and follow through on the palate. The medium finish has hints of bubblegum and banana. The upfront fruitiness makes this a better summer sipper than a food wine. Uncomplicated but full of flavor. Not quite worth the price.

2006 Buttonwood Farm Winery Syrah Rosé*
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Santa Barbara, CA $14 @ the Winery 11/26/07
This bright pink wine delivers ripe strawberry and tropical fruit aromas and flavors. Almost too sweet, the fruitiness is checked by the crisp acidity. A simple wine for summer days that goes down easily yet isn't very memorable.

2006 Crios de Susana Balbo Rosé of Malbec**
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Mendoza, Argentina $12 Eight-18 4/17/08
A beautiful, deep, vibrant rosé color. Has a surprising amount of glycerin and body for a rosé wine, and beautiful aromas of fresh, ripe wild strawberries. On the palate, the flavors of strawberries and cherries come rushing in, accompanied by some spice notes and a clean, dry finish. Not overtly memorable or as sweet as the color leads you to believe, yet elegant and refreshing. Good wine for the price.

2006 L'Aventure Winery Syrah/Cab Rosé**
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Paso Robles, CA $20 Table 8 3/15/08
The waltermelon pink color is a spot on indication of the ripe fruitiness found in this wine. The nose is full of crisp strawberry, with hints of spice and minerals. The palate is bright with the same flavors as the nose, but the crisp acidity keeps the ripeness from being cloying. A well-crafted rosé that was refreshing and elegant. More depth of flavor and a longer finish would have raised the mark another level. Pretty good for the wineries first attempt. Am now curious about the 07.

2006 Margerum Grenache Rosé**
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Santa Barbara, CA $16 Mission Wines 4/26/08
A pale, salmon colored wine made with 100% grenache with typical varietal aromas of red berries and spice with notes of flowers and herbs. The palate is medium-bodied with good acidity to counter the ripe strawberry and melon flavors. The finish is crisp with hints of herbs and vanilla. An enjoyable wine but without much complexity.

2006 Ch. Mourgues du Gres Les Galets Rosés***
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Costières-de-Nimes, France $15 Red Carpet Wines 5/24/08
A bright, salmon-pink colored wine with aromas of ripe red berries, herbs and citrus that follow through on the palate with good acidity and notes of vanilla and minerals on the finish. Though the flavors are mostly strawberry and melon, this wine seems drier than many of it's New World counterparts. Elegant and flavorful. Went better than expected with our heirloom tomato and avocado salad with cilatro dressing, which brought out the fruit flavors and matched the herbs nicely.

2006 Vina Robles Winery Roseum, Huerhuero Vineyard***
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Paso Robles, CA $13 @ the Winery 3/29/08
A dark coral colored wine made of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah that has a youthful nose filled with aromas of ripe strawberries and watermelon with light floral notes. The palate is bright and fruity mingling ruby grapefruit, red berry and melon flavors with just the right amount of acidity to make the mouthfeel refreshing and the medium finish clean and pleasant. One of the better versions from this region, especially for the price. I'm definitely going to get a few more bottles.

2005 Alma Rosa Winery Vin Gris*
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Santa Barbara, CA $20 @ the Winery 11/26/07
The pale copper color underscores what you find in the glass. Though the flavors are good (strawberry, plum and spice), there's just not enough body to make them more than fleeting. It's crisp and dry, but not much else. As a fan of ross and their other wines, I wanted to like this, but there's just not enough there.

2005 Fiddlehead Cellars Pink Fiddle***
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Santa Barbara, CA $16 @ the Winery 5/17/07
A rare rosé made from Pinot Noir with a bright rosy color. Aromas of strawberry and roses leap from the glass. They are joined on the crisp palate by ripe tropical fruit flavors and a touch of spice. Wonderful balance, complexity and a long finish make you immediately want more. This wine sells out every year for a good reason.

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