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Monday, May 21, 2007

Garretson The Celeidh Rose 2005

Here's another big pink: Garretson Wine Company's The Celeidh 2005.

Actually, it's a bit of a stretch to call this wine pink -- it's more of a garnet color, with a robustness to match. A big (14.5 percent alcohol) blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre, this is a rosé than can stand up to more boldly-flavored food than its lighter-complected cousins. I could identify rhubarb and a bit of smokiness on the palate, along with a few other flavors I couldn't quite place but seemed naggingly familiar.

This wine is bone dry, and I found it to be an excellent match for a slab of grilled salmon seasoned with lemon, capers and a dollop or two of the Emerald Isle Onion Dill Horseradish Dip from Robert Rothschild. The Celeidh isn't a wine you'll find everywhere -- just 560 cases were produced -- but it's well worth the search and the $15.
M. Zane Grey, 9:26 AM