05 Apr California Rosés
Rosé season continues with these three stellar offerings from California producers. Unlike in France where there are strict rules regarding just about everything, California winemakers have total freedom when it comes to choice of grapes and winemaking techniques. With such a diverse climate and less emphasis on subtlety, we find the state’s rosés to be quite exciting and expressive. This mini collection represents a range from light and floral (Cyprus) to rich and fruity (Lato).
2016 Shane Rosé, Santa Barbara
On Sale $14.99
(blend of Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Grenache) In the glass, a bright pink hue with salmon colored accents shines. On debut, you are presented with focused and fresh strawberry, blood orange, raspberry, and watermelon aromas. The striking acidity streaks through the wine and is highlighted with hints of pomegranate, sour cherry, and tropical fruits.
2016 Brack Mountain “Cyprus” Rosé of Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley
On Sale $19.99
This gorgeous rose explodes right out of the bottle with notes of cherry blossom, honeysuckle, and hyacinth. On the palate, it has notes of ripe Rainier cherries, watermelon, and peach with a nice, dry finish. Made with all Anderson Valley fruit!
2015 Paul Lato Rosé “The Manga Girl,” Santa Barbara
On Sale $29.99
Paul Lato’s 2015 The Manga Girl is a very pretty, serious Rosé. Rich, ample and layered, the 2015 is endowed with striking depth and nuance. Crushed flowers, rose petal, orange zest and cranberry grace the palate. Silky and super-polished, the 2015 hits all the right notes. The Rosé has more than enough stuffing to pair nicely with a wide range of foods.
92 Points, Vinous Media