Spring time will soon be upon us and Vine Spot will be discussing more spring time wines (in future posts) that can be enjoyed at those backyard cookouts and picnics you will host and attend this year. Dry Rosé wines are on the rise in Virginia and a good number of wineries are putting out some nice examples. Rosé wines for the most part are refreshing, aromatic, red berry fruit filled and meant to be consumed young. They are light in body with lively acidity which makes them easy to pair with just about anything on your springtime table or your picnic basket. The last time Vine Spot paid a visit to Keswick Vineyards, a bottle of the dry Rosé followed. Although spring is not here yet, curiosity got the best of Dezel – so off with the cork and into my glass went this Rosé.
Review: The Keswick Vineyards dry Rosé 2005 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah and Touriga and has a real cork closure. The wine is a pale salmon-pink color and offers soft red fruit aromas with noticeable hints of strawberry. This wine was fermented in neutral oak barrels that do provide a subtle framing for the red fruit characteristics to follow. Aged in stainless steel, the wine retains pleasant levels of fresh red fruit flavors with strawberry and raspberry being most notable on the palate. Consider this wine for a picnic with ham, potato salad or as an aperitif wine; it’s nicely balanced with good acidity (not what I would call lively) and can accompany all sort of foods, even spicy Thai or Indian cuisine. The wine retails for $17.95 and on average a good spring time Rosé will pull $10 - $20, so it is in the ball park.
If you find yourself visiting Keswick Vineyards during the spring and summer months friends, pack a picnic basket and look for a glass or bottle of this wine amongst the other tasty selections. When you visit, do let the friendly staff know you read about their wine selection here at Virginia Vine Spot.
Happy Sipping !