Okay, here 'tis. The two other rosés I will be comparing the Coordinates rosé to are (previously wooted):
- 2009 Rouge Grenache (Duarte Georgetown)
- 2011 Tramonto Rosé
Before I get into the head-to-head tasting comparison, I'll address the Coordinates rosé characteristics. As reported, the tartaric crystals are apparent on the cork, not your Sugar in The Raw-sized granules, just a fine dusting of crystals. The cork has some slight moisture intrusion, showing it's seen more than 1-2 years in the bottle. The color is very dusky for a rosé, reminds me of a tawny port. The nose is not your average rosé, rather than crisp & slight, there's some roundness to it (sweet warmth, if that makes any sense). The Cabernet Sauvignon is strong in this one.
Now for the tasting. All tasting was done without the benefit of food or discretion....so much for the Sunday honey-to-do list! Science, FTW!! I laid out all three in separate glasses and sampled continuously as they came to room temperature. The Coordinates has a definite mouth-coating feel the others couldn't match, tart and sweet with quaffable heat. The Rouge Grenache, in comparison, is very crisp and acidic, much brighter/deeper red in color, and probably best consumed poolside (I'm in Florida, so the opened bottle won't go to waste waiting for warmer weather). The Tramonto is more rounded than the Rouge, it has a subtle warmth and mouth-coating feel, the color is pale orange/pink; overall, I would say the Tramonto is a nice pre-dinner rosé.
Summarizing my impressions of the Coordinates, if you've been looking for a rosé that can handle the cooler temperatures or pair with more than just salad or cheese, the Coordinates might be what you've been looking for. I went happily for it over the other two while watching the Bears & Lions fight it out on my Sunday afternoon. This wine coats your mouth and displays a warmth & rounded body that I haven't found in other rosés. I can imagine popping this one at dinner (or pre-dinner) with friends over the next 6 months, I'm sure it will surprise more than a few of them to learn it's a rosé. In for two!