It’s summer! Full fledged, off the hook summer. Even here in San Francisco, where it’s often foggy and cold on the 4th of July, we have sunshine . While the f-o-g is threatening to blow in and spoil the fireworks, you can enjoy these summer sippers as you celebrate. Think pink! Rose has gone All American and is no longer just from Provence (though they make some fantastic ones there too). Rose of Pinot noir – $19 (tasting room only but I highly suggest you buy a cold bottle and sit on their patio). Palest salmon pink. Beautiful bright summer strawberry, stone fruit, and floral notes. Finish of crushed raspberries and watermelon. It’s way to easy to drink a bottle of this on a warm day! Grenache Rose – $18 Ridiculously delicious. I first tasted this as the 2012 Pink Out, an all rose tasting event. 100% Grenache, this Dry Creek gem is the color of a baby’s lips, with fresh watermelon, strawberries and cream, and 100% yum! Corralina Napa Valley Syrah Rose – $20 coppery pink in color, a syrah rose is a beautiful thing! A bit more meaty than a Pinot Noir Rose, the Corallina tastes of ripe peaches and blood oranges, with spicy notes, and rose water. Ruby Red grapefruit covered in cream rounds out the palate with a nice round finish. Great for BBQs and burgers! Rose of Pinot Noir OGV Endless Crush – $30 A special wine that is made only every other year, the Endless Crush is a purpose made rosé, separate and distinct from Inman’s award winning Pinto Noir. Purpose made rosés can have more complexity and intensity, since they are not the byproduct of another process, and this gorgeous example is perfect for a hot day with a classic delicate pink color. Like most Pinot Noir rosés, there is a beautiful strawberry flavor profile, but also some crisp and refreshing grapefruit and tropical notes. I love this wine because it’s such a crisp and refreshing wine, with lovely minerality and citrus acid. 2010 Lazy Creek Rosé of Pinot Noir – $20 Another dry, crisp wine, there are lots of juicy tangerine flavors, with watermelon and orange juice. The salmon color is a bit deeper than some Pinot Noir Roses, but the flavors are great. Fresh strawberries and raspberries, with floral notes on the finish with a touch of bitter orange. Archery Summit Vireton Rose – $29 Love at first sip! This delicate rosé of Pinot Noir is full of tropical fruit, watermelon and Hood River strawberries. I absolutely loved this wine. The bright fresh raspberry juice was clean and crisp, and is a perfect summer sipper. Pale pink and delicate. Happy 4th! Please don’t drink and drive, and NO fireworks in the dry red flag areas!
This weekend, I was lucky enough to have a full wine schedule with each of the Brix Chicks, that fun filled wine duo also known as Liza and Xandria. Saturday, Liza and I atteneded the Rosenblum 30th Anniversary Open House courtesy of the Blogger Extrodinaire, Farley of Behind the Vines. With over 40 delicious wines being poured, it was fantastic to be able to park our rears in beach chairs, and munch on fresh cheese and Zinfandel ice cream. Yummy! I am sad to report that we missed out on the Anniversary Edition of the Rockpile Road Zin, because we were attempting to go in a reasonable order from everyday to extraordinary. C’est la vie. My highlights of the tasting day at Rosenblum were: England-Shaw Vineyard Syrah, Solano County – 2005 Harris Kratka Vineyard Zinfandel, Alexander Valley – 2005 Planchon Vineyard Zinfandel, Contra Costa County – 2006 Rockpile Road Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley – 2006 Rominger Vineyard Syrah, Yolo County – 2006 Maggie’s Reserve Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley – 2005 Monte Rosso Vineyard Reserve Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley – 2006 Rockpile Reserve Syrah, Fran’s Vineyard – 2006 St. Peter’s Church Vineyard Reserve Zinfandel, Sonoma County – 2005 Can you see a theme here? First, I am a Zin girl. Always have been, always will be. While I love Syrah and really enjoy Pinot Noir these days, Zin is where my heart is. Sunday, Xandria and I headed up to Dry Creek. I have to add a disclaimer here, because I did not take any tasting notes. I was just enjoying myself too much to think about it! So, these recollections are just the wines that stuck out in my mind as tasty without any deconstruction. I had originally wanted to head up to Vinify Solutions in Santa Rosa because I got an invitation to their open house where Kethcum Estates was pouring there fabulous Pinot Noir. I first discovered Kethcum last year at Pinot Days, and have been a fan every since. Little did I know that Vinify, a custom cursh facility, had over 10 labels pouring that day! Pinot, Syrah, Chardonnay oh my. Some of the offerings we tried were: Ketchum Estate Bjornstad Cellars Suacci Carciere Baker Lane Sojourn Cellars Dry Stack Cellars Super Sonoman Lattanzio Wines Cinque Insieme Bevan Cellars I did not have a bad wine among them, which is truly dangerous since my garage is running out of cellaring space! Do I see a wine locker in my future? After that luscious pitstop, we zipped on up Dry Creek to go visit @ShaRayRay (Shana to you non Twitter types) at Kokomo. Bermuda, Bahama, baby don’t you wanna? I would if I were you. For a new winery, Kokomo is producing some amazing things. My first trip to Kokomo was this year’s Barrel Tasting, when I fell in love with the Carignane. Sadly, I have to be a patient Wineaux, since it won’t be released for a while. While we were enjoying our lunch from the Dry Creek General […]