Think PINK. Rosé is here to stay...finally. What better way to kick-off the warm weather than with a bottle of dry rosé. There’s something about sitting on the patio or at the beach with a glass of rosé that just feels right. It’s nice to see that the US has finally found its love (and thirst) for dry rosé! Moreover, US wineries are catching the “pink wave” more so now, than ever before. For years, US producers only offered a rosé at their winery or through their wine club; however, that has since changed and there are plenty of domestic Rosé’s readily available.
The concept of rosé has been a standard in many countries for decades, if not centuries. However, it is still a relatively young category in the US; compared to the rest of the world. The category is liberal and loose in terms of winemaking practices and the use of varietals; simply put, if you are a Pinot Noir producer then you probably will offer a Rosé of Pinot Noir! Every winery has a chance to get in the game, but still it’s up to the consumer to decide which style of rosé they prefer.
Over the next few months, Horizon's wine team will be highlighting rosés from all over the world. For our first installment of “Think PINK”, we decided that we’d wave our patriotic flag and highlight a handful of domestic rosé’s we are currently offering this season. Don’t worry Provence lovers, next month we will showcase our classic Provence offerings and dig into why this area has been and continues to be the world’s benchmark for dry rosé.
Chloe Rosé 2016
Varietal: Rosé (Pinot Noir based)
Appellation: Monterey County
Why Monterey County: The coastal influence of Monterey County and its warm days, cool nights, and layers of fog lock in sought-after red fruit flavors and aromas and crisp acidity.
Tasting Notes: Delicate notes of fresh strawberries, raspberries and watermelon on the nose and palate unfold into a crisp, well-balanced wine.
Winemakers Notes: Chloe Rosé is a Pinot Noir-based blend that is light and elegant in style. This dry Rosé is ballet slipper pink in color, offering delicate notes of fresh strawberries, raspberries and watermelon on the nose and palate. The blend is crisp and well-balanced with bright acidity and a creamy mouthfeel. The grapes were night harvested at 22-23 degrees Brix and fermented at a cool temperature to maintain the expressive aromas and natural acidity of the wine.
Simi Rosé 2016
About Simi Winery: Simi Winery was founded in 1876 by Giuseppe and Pietro Simi in Healdsburg, California. The first harvest was in 1890 and the stone cellars that were originally used continue to be not only used but a major an icon to Sonoma today. Additionally, Simi has been in continuous operation longer than any other winery in Sonoma County. Simi has over 400 acres of estate vineyards in the Alexander Valley (Sonoma) and over 100 acres in the Russian River Valley.
Region: Simi Dry Rosé is 95% sourced from Alexander Valley (5% comes from Sonoma Valley). Within the Alexander Valley, the rosé grapes primarily come from the Los Amigos vineyard. This vineyard is a classic, valley floor vineyard possessing sandy loam soils that are ideal for growing Bordeaux varietals.
Varietal Composition: 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Graciano. This wine is aged in 100% stainless steel.
Tasting Note: The color is a vibrant pink with a coral edge. On the nose, find ripe strawberry, rhubarb, fresh tarragon, and white pepper with a hint of minerals. These enticing aromas set the stage for the palate of fresh strawberry, pineapple, sweet herb, and anise. This rosé is forward and focused with a lingering tart cherry and balanced acidity that invigorates the taste buds. This wine is perfect as an aperitif, or pairs well with fresh flavors like summer salad with smoked chicken and mango.
Acrobat Rosé 2016
About Acrobat: Acrobat is Oregon wine made by the King family with the steadfast determination to handcraft wines of the highest quality whose family also appreciates pairing an honest wine with casual meals and gatherings. This led to the creation of Acrobat, artfully crafting
every vintage in the gorgeous hills and valleys of western Oregon, with
an eye on sustainable winemaking practices.
Tasting Notes: 2016 Acrobat Rosé of Pinot Noir has an exuberant pink color with salmon hues. The nose exudes a freshness of lime zest, pomegranate and just ripe strawberries, structured with a pleasant violet aroma. Red cherries are immediately apparent on the palate with orange blossom, key lime and potpourri. This wine is lively and playful from the onset with focused acidity that balances the juicy fruit flavors.
Winemaking Process: Pinot Noir grapes were cold soaked for 72 hours before being saignée and pressed. This wine was fermented with cultured yeasts in 100% stainless steel tanks, which were temperature controlled to maximize fruit character. Aging took place over two months in stainless steel tanks.
Vintage Notes: The 2016 Oregon Vintage turned out to be another in a string of remarkable years that has blessed the state with ideal growing conditions. The vintage started out early in Western Oregon with average bud break occurring in mid to late March. Unusually warm temperatures in April and May accelerated an “early season effect”, which caused vineyards to go into bloom by the 3rd week of June. The weather cooled substantially through August. The 2016 harvest began in early September and continued unabated until the end of the month, just in time to avoid the onset of rain in October.
Canoe Ridge Rosé 2016
About "The Expedition" Rosé by Canoe Ridge Vinyeards: Inspired by explorers Lewis & Clark, who, during their 1805 exploration, thought the ridge above the Columbia River resembled an overturned canoe. We'd argue the best exploration of all is discovering the Horse Heaven Hills' delicious quality in every bottle of Canoe Ridge wine. Uncork your expedition and enjoy.
Vintage Background: The 2016 growing season started quickly with warm temperatures across Washington, encouraging vigorous vine development. By late June, however, temperatures cooled considerably, creating optimal growing conditions for fruit maturation. In late summer, rain came to the vineyard and helped ease vine stress, while the vineyard teams worked tirelessly to ensure the canopies and fruit clusters would produce top quality grapes. White varietals will express lush, tropical notes, while early ripening red varietals are well-developed with bright fruit notes. Longer-ripening red varietals, like Cabernet Sauvignon, will show more savory characteristics than in years past, and should make for cellar-worthy wines.
Tasting Notes: Beautiful salmon pink in color, this wine opens with aromas of watermelon and ripe peach. Floral and strawberry notes are followed by hints of mineral, crisp acidity and a bright, refreshing finish.
Accolades: 2016 Top Value Wine, Wine Spectator