Second Cheapest Wine: The Viral Experience, and What It Has to Do With Marilyn Remark Rose
October 3, 2012
They aren't everyday pieces of wine advice:
• "You don't know much about wine, but you do know enough that you shouldn't get the cheapest."
• "Impress your friends with a year [on your wine] that's not the current year because—trust us—that is good."
• "We'd elaborate, but you'd have no idea what we're talking about."
But they helped make "Second Cheapest Wine" a viral video.
And they popped into my head while visiting the distinguished Marilyn Remark Winery tasting room (455-9310) on River Road.
Here’s why: Over in the big barn that acts as the western gateway to the Salinas wine corridor, we loved the Rhone whites like the Marsanne ($30) and the mineral-rich, balanced Roussanne ($26) and the signature Grenache with grapes from Wildhorse Road ($45). But it was the 2011 Rose de Saignee, with two-thirds Grenache and a third Syrah, which jumped out most, weaving a dry but vibrant watermelon flavor with impressive acidity, a lively shade born of bleeding the skins—and zero cloying sweetness.
And it did Second Cheapest Wine one better: At $22, it’s the most affordable there, ideal with this heat-wave situation we’ve been basking in of late—and maybe some oysters or Baja fish tacos.