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Renegade Wine Co. 2011 Columbia Valley Rose

The April Virtual Tasting wine was the Renegade Wine Company 2012 Rose. The tasting took place on Wednesday April 24th from 7-8 pm PST.

Virtual Tastings are held monthly and hosted by Sean Sullivan of Washington Wine Report.

What you need to participate:
1. Buy the current month’s wine from a local retailer or direct from the winery.
2. Have a twitter account.
3. Tweet your comments about the wine on Twitter, as each participant opens their bottle and shares comments about the wine between 7 and 8pm PST, follow @wawinereport.

My tasting notes are taken directly from the April Virtual Tasting. We used #RenegadeWine for our tweets. I could not find the 2012 vintage locally, so I purchased the 2011 vintage. Based on our twitter dialogue, the 2011 was comparable to the 2012.


Color: Pale pink/Orange color - new shiny copper penny
Nose: Grapefruit and strawberry.
Palate: A little tropical, with melon/strawberry, not too bright or soft, sunset wine.

"@wild4wawine Now craving prosciutto wrapped prawns with the #RenegadeWine"

"Me too - just my speed this wine RT @Sturat: I like that the acidity is there, but not overpowering. #renegadewine"

At the end of the Virtual Tasting half our group liked the wine and rated it a buy. There were mixed feelings about the label design, though it is distinctive and easy to find. Personally, I feel the label could be improved by moving the graphic to the top, making it larger and consolidating the text below. I'd also get rid of the rectangular motifs at the corners.

This is a food wine in my opinion. I was serious about pairing it with prosciutto wrapped prawns. At $10 it's a definite buy. Recommended.

Blend: 87% Syrah, 10% Mouvedre, and 3% Grenache
Closure: Screw cap
ABV: 12.5%
Production: 500 cases
Paid $9.95
Produced by Sleight of Hand Cellars - Mattawa, WA

Sleight of Hand Cellars
1959 JB George RD
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Tasting Room hours Thur-Sat 11-5 from April through December 5th. By appointment as well.
ph (509)525.3661
fx (509)525.3628

Washington Wine Report (Sean Sullivan) hosts the monthly virtual tastings. Truly a lot of fun and another way to connect with like minded souls. Good sensory exercise too. For my tweets follow me @wild4wawine.  I encourage you to join us when you can.


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