Just about every day, as wine o'clock approaches, you can find me uncorking or unscrewing a new wine adventure. Being a wine enthusiast, a wine blogger, and someone who thoroughly appreciates and enjoys the liquid expression of a place, a person’s vision, and Mother Nature’s influence -- I find wine to be one of the most intriguing beverages in the world. It’s a hobby where there is always something new to taste and learn as well as a sea of friendly "wine peeps" to meet in real life or via those wonderful
Enjoying a splash of Stinson Vineyards 2012 Rosé
I get that rosé is mainly synonymous with summertime sipping. But these bright and refreshing wines, in my humble opinion, should be enjoyed year-round. Their vibrant fruit flavors and racy acidity make these wines a versatile and flexible partner to a wide variety of foods. Below is a trio of drier-style rosé wines accompanied by my tasting notes and a picture I snapped of each bottle. Just because summer is nearing its end does not mean you give up on these pink wines. Thanksgiving presents an excellent opportunity to have a bottle or three on the table. Remember: variety, so they say, is the spice of life; so keep an open mind and an open palate and enjoy the experience. Drink well my friends!
Stinson Vineyards 2012 Mourvèdre Rosé
1) Stinson Vineyards' 2012 Rosé (SRP $16.99): This is 100% Mourvèdre sourced from Virginia wine pioneer Dennis Horton of Horton Vineyards in Madison County. Pale salmon in color, this dry and refreshing rosé boasts vibrant, yet reserved aromas and flavors of ripe strawberry, watermelon, raspberry, and a faint hint of white pepper spice wrapped around a firm spine of acidity with soft mineral-like notes on the finish. Overall, this is a versatile, food-friendly wine that not only matches the flavors of summer -- but is one to enjoy year-round. It is also a nice bottle to have on the table to complement Thanksgiving Day dinner (hint-hint). Approximately 220 cases of this wine were produced. (Other info: Monticello appellation, stainless, aged 3 months sur lie, soaked on skins for 72 hours, ABV 13%, cork enclosure) Click here to find this wine.
LangeTwins Winery and Vineyards 2012 Sangiovese Rosé
2) LangeTwins Winery and Vineyards' Estate-Grown 2012 Sangiovese Rosé (SRP $13): This is a refreshingly dry rosé from Lodi, California, that offers aromas and flavors of ripe red berry fruit that steers toward strawberry with candied notes (think watermelon Jolly Rancher) and underlying floral tones backed by lively acidity with a fruit-driven medium-length finish. Overall, an enjoyable rosé at a budget-friendly price to enjoy year-round with a wide variety of foods. (Other info: Certified Sustainable, ABV 12.5%, cork enclosure) Sold out! Bummer! Click here to check their web site for new release information.
Garfield Estates Vineyard Vin Rosé
3) Garfield Estates Vineyard and Winery Vin Rosé (SRP $16): This is 100% Cabernet Franc from Grand Valley, Colorado, that shows bright red fruit aromas and flavors, floral perfume, and shy dried herbal notes (towards the finish) with refreshing acidity and a clean, medium-length finish. The wine is fresh and friendly with the ability to blend in and partner well with a vast array of foods. (Other info: ABV 14%, cork enclosure) Click here to find this wine.
Image from my visit to Garfield Estates
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