Rose's Last Call
Not to be a downer, but.... I'm going to be anyway. Summer is coming to a close. You need to get your rose on. Now. Here are a few new ones I discovered at a recent tasting.
Bubbles! This Tissot, Cremant du Jura, France, NV, had a lot of fresh strawberry on the nose but was beautifully balanced with a brioche toastiness on the palate.
A bit of Finger Lakes history for you. Charles Fournier was one of the pioneering winemakers in this northern New York region and is credited with moving the industry forward. In the 1950s he brought Dr. Konstantin Frank over and together they revolutionized FInger Lakes wines. The Dr. Konstantin Frank label is fairly well known but there hasn't been a Fournier Private label for a while. The Charles Fournier, Gold Seal Vineyards, Rose, Finger Lakes, 2013, was somewhat Provencal in style with the lighter body but it showcased more New World style fruitiness.
And then, there was this awesomeness. Blackbird Vineyards, Arriviste Rose, CA, 2013, was a Bordeaux blend rose. Fuller in body, it was rich in fruit but what was most interesting was a bit of creaminess and a slight dairy tang. Yep, this rose was treated with a bit of malo.
Finally, with the cooler weather coming, I recommend these two Rosato-style roses. Heftier in body and juicy beyond all belief, they are the sweatercoats of Rose: Enanzo, Rosado, Garnacha, Spain, 2013 and Akakies, Kir-Yianni, Greece, 2013.
I'm gunning for Endless Summer....