The sun was so bright, the sky so blue and the clouds were big white puffs of cotton. Balmy breezes made sitting under the sun in a comfy lawn chair on the winery patio seem like we were in another place and another time. It was a perfect day.
In previous Wine Review Monday posts I noted that I would have more information on Rosé wines and this post is one of them.
We visited a fairly new winery that produces only rosé wines. The vineyard is 10 1/2 acres of selected “clones” of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc grapes which have been carefully planted on rootstock selected for each type of soil in their vineyards.
Their grapes are grown and harvested specifically for making these fruity rosé wines styled after Old World wines made in the South of France.
Most rosé wines are made using the “saignee” process which is the first pressings from red grapes in the red winemaking process. This produces rosé wine that has the taste, color and wine style based on that particular red grape varietal.
This winery approaches their rosé winemaking in a very different manner. The grapes grown and harvested are specifically for making rosé wine. They pick the fruit early when they are their best, with skins just thick enough for extracting subtle pink colors and tannins. They use stainless steel fermentation and/or combined with oak barrel fermentation based on the style of each wine they choose to produce.
So today we tasted several rosé wines each very different. They ranged from a very light, easy drinking fruity rosé, to a medium-body rosé that was barrel fermented and aged in French oak for 22 months. This aged rosé had aromas of fresh pear and peach fruits and flavors of fresh fruit and vanilla with a hint of butterscotch.
These rosé wines were outstanding, all very dry and perfect to enjoy anytime with all your summer salads and grilled meats, fish, and chicken.
Rosé wines should be one of the sytle’s of wine you have on your wine list for spring and summer. For those who are red wine lovers, it’s o.k. to be skeptical about drinking a “pink” wine, but you will be surprised when you try one.
A perfect example: my better half is a big, bold, rich red wine drinker and almost refuses to even taste “pink” wines. Well, for the record, today he was “almost” convinced he was drinking a medium bodied merlot. I say “almost” because being of the male species he feels he must stand his ground and not be easily swayed. I just smile and think to myself, ‘who else will challenge me so that I can learn to see both sides of the coin?’
I do not solicit or advertise any of the wines I taste on my wine tasting visits. However, if you would like more information about these rosé wines please feel free to contact me.