Angels & Cowboys Sonoma County 2015 Rosé: Perfect for Summertime Sipping & Beyond

Hello Friends,

Today’s Quick Sip is Angels & Cowboys Sonoma County 2015 Rosé. Angels & Cowboys is a collaborative effort between the co-founders of Cannonball Wine Company, Yoav Gilat and Dennis Hill, and northern California graphic artist, Michael Schwab. The joint business endeavor is clearly headed in the right direction. Everything about the packaging is appealing and on point; and the pale salmon colored wine is drop dead gorgeous. This rosé is made from a blend of Grenache Rouge, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Grenache Blanc; all sourced from distinct sites in Carneros, Alexander Valley, and Dry Creek Valley. The grapes harvested were picked with the sole intention of making rosé, as opposed to saignée -- a by-product of red wine fermentation -- or other methods. Stylistically, Angels & Cowboys looked to the south of France for inspiration; drawing on lightness of color and body, combined with a sense of refinement and a lively, refreshing character.

"There's a lover, a trailblazer and a rule breaker in all of us. Dare to indulge." ~ Angels & Cowboys

Coming off their first vintage in 2013, popularity for the rosé increased; as did production, going from 3K cases in 2014 to doubling that amount the following year. And by overwhelming request, their customer-base influenced a change from cork closure to screw cap for rosé. Currently, there is no tasting room, but don’t let that stop you from getting your hands on this delicious wine. You can find this rosé and Angels & Cowboys’ Proprietary Red blend in select wine shops and restaurants. Gotham Wines in New York City carries this rosé for the pocket-friendly price of $12.99 and can ship directly. I highly recommend adding this wine to your summer rotation and make sure to save a bottle or two for Thanksgiving festivities. It really offers great overall value. Remember: while rosé is largely synonymous with summer, its versatility and food-friendly nature offers year-round satisfaction and pleasure. For further information and where you can find this rosé, please see my tasting notes below.

Angels & Cowboys Sonoma County 2015 Rosé

Angels & Cowboys Sonoma County 2015 Rosé (SRP $14.99): Everything about this rosé is appealing: the packaging, price point and, most importantly, the juice inside the bottle. It pours a lovely light salmon color with a marked delicacy, freshness and nuance. Aromas and subtle flavors of citrus blossom and white flowers lead the way, followed by faint red berries and an understated mineral underpinning. Though sleek & racy, this rosé has brisk acids and carries enough weight and texture to move onto the dinner table with main course entrees such as grilled fish, poultry, and most vegan dishes. It is also a pleasure to sip all on its own and a perfect companion for summer salads, sushi or picnic fare. Approximately 6,000 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Sonoma Country, California. Other info: ABV 12.8%, aged on its yeast lees for a little over 2 months, screw cap enclosure. Click here to find this wine.

I would like to thank Protocol Wine Studio for hosting the month-long ‘Sonoma’s Rosé Revolution!’ program. This was an enjoyable virtual event extending throughout June that also highlighted rosés from Passaggio and Pedroncelli Winery. To join this highly interactive, Twitter-based wine education program use hashtag #winestudio and tune in every Tuesday at 9PM EST. The subject may vary from month-to-month, but it is always wine-themed, informative, and a whole lot of fun. Cheers!

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