11 June 2009

Online Tasting + 2006 Water Wheel Memsie Red

It's time again for another online tasting with The Commercial Appeal! On Thursday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time, we'll be trying the 2007 Alexander Valley Dry Rosé of Sangiovese. I reviewed the 2006 two years ago and am looking forward to giving this another shot.

Stop by the Whining & Dining blog at the appointed hour if you'd like to join us. Do I have a unique match with this wine? Nope, because dry rosé goes with everything. I'm anxious to see what folks pick to eat with the wine.

A couple of months ago, I led the group in trying the Water Wheel Memsie White. You can read the transcript for details on the unique white blend, but I decided to give the sister wine a chance as well. The 2006 Water Wheel Memsie Red comes from the town of Bendigo in Victoria, Australia. 70% Shiraz, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, and 6% Petit Verdot.

Light at first... Black cherry and pepper, as expected from the heavy dose of Shiraz. Slightly meaty, with a few jammy undertones. After a while more blackberry flavors develop, and it's pleasantly mild for a young wine with fairly strong grapes. It was a great match along with a cold, rare roast beef sandwich with lots of horseradish.

I've considered hosting a live tasting on this site, but the interesting, oddball wines that I like aren't always available nationwide (or worldwide), and there's issues with the time zones. But I might try a sort of virtual wine party at some point, maybe a Saturday afternoon. Drop in, talk about what wine you're drinking and whatever snacks you've got, shoot the breeze, etc.


Allen said...

Looking forward to the tasting on the 25th.

Allen said...

Will support the "Anything goes tasting on a Saturday afternoon."

Benito said...


Thanks for the interest, and I'll post an announcement when and if I decide to do it.


Samantha Dugan said...

You threw me off there buddy, the extra post made me think it was Friday for a minute...you really should'nt do that to blondes!

I look forward to reading your notes on the 2007 Alexander Rose, some Roses are stuffed enough...and have enough acidity to hold up a couple of extra years, some don't...wonder where that wine is right now. I've never had it, so I'm curious.

We used to have the Water Wheel wines and I always found them pretty interesting and fairly well balanced, sounds like they still are. Thanks for the extra reading pal!

Michael Hughes said...

I love the pink stuff. I'll be sure to jump online for that one.

Benito said...


I have a bunch of posts piled up that need publishing... figured I'd add an extra day here and there.


We'd love to see you there--be sure to say who you are early on and I'll give you a shout out.