This is one of the few leftover bottles I have from last summer – it’s the 2011 vintage, Columbia Valley. A nice producer, I’ve been a fan of this for some time. I’m having this with grilled soy-sherry marinated chicken breasts.
Color: deep for a rosé – dark pink like fresh red raspberries.
Aroma: classic Sangiovese – cherry and burnt orange peel, with a touch of star anise
Taste: Lively, with excellent acidity and fruit. The spice and the tiny touch of tannin show up on the finish. Very nice, and reminiscent of a good Italian rosé. As good a quality as this wine is, I’m surprised that there aren’t more Tuscan-style wines from Washington. Someone needs to get on that!
A definite buy for the summer. I’ll have a report on the recently released 2012 in the next 6 weeks, I hope. My eBook on rosé should be out around the same time – look for Wine Me Up! Rosé in July.