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A number of years ago I had a really good red wine that left the taste in my mouth that put me in mind of roses. Now mind, you I have no idea really what rose petals taste like and the only other description that comes to mind is that it was a "dusky" taste. It was a rich red color. I don't recall what this wine was but I'd love to know what wines to start looking at. I know this is like asking someone to help me find a needle in a hays stack, so to speak but does anyone have any suggestions as to which wines I might try in attempt to find this elusive one?
 

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My go to book for describing tastes in wine is Wine Folly. According to this source "common" examples of Rose flavors in wine are Pinot Noir, Gamay, Grenache and Sangiovese. That might give a place to start from in finding your elusive wine.
 

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Interesting - BM45 is a preferred yeast (according to the spec sheets) for Sangiovese.. That's not to say that that was the wine... but as a "two-fer" it is a possible lead...
 

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I can not add to the possible wine list, as they seem accurate for commonly available US wines, but I do want to say that even within a wine varietal, the vintage, location and year, can matter. So a Gamay from one place and one year may have rose notes, but the next year it will not. So the task may be a bit more complicated... ;)
 

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I can not add to the possible wine list, as they seem accurate for commonly available US wines, but I do want to say that even within a wine varietal, the vintage, location and year, can matter. So a Gamay from one place and one year may have rose notes, but the next year it will not. So the task may be a bit more complicated... ;)
Couldn't agree more, even the flavor profile a yeast contributes will vary with the grape.
 

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A number of years ago I had a really good red wine that left the taste in my mouth that put me in mind of roses. Now mind, you I have no idea really what rose petals taste like and the only other description that comes to mind is that it was a "dusky" taste. It was a rich red color. I don't recall what this wine was but I'd love to know what wines to start looking at. I know this is like asking someone to help me find a needle in a hays stack, so to speak but does anyone have any suggestions as to which wines I might try in attempt to find this elusive one?
You might try making some Wild Rose Petal wine, it smells and tastes just like roses. I make 5 gallons every other year.
 

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You might try making some Wild Rose Petal wine, it smells and tastes just like roses. I make 5 gallons every other year.
Needle in a Haystack is probably right. We all have different taste and sense of smell. Sometimes you can taste a wine and it is difficult to describe it to yourself let alone another person. The best thing I can suggest is to keep on trying different wines and enjoy the experience.🍷
 
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