CINSAUT ROSÉ 2021 Estate Bottled, Owl Hill Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley
Holiday in a Bottle
Tasting Notes: Peachy pink. Light fresh wine aromas of white peach, thyme and mineral. Delicately-flavored green apple, kiwi, cucumber, pear, wild strawberry, fresh fennel. Floral and herbal notes. Crisp, refreshing, clean, contemplative finish.
The Grape: A rare delicious Rhone variety. It can be found as a component of rosé Rhone wines. This wine is Frick Cinsaut estate, grown in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County. Characteristics of the grape are large juicy berries, lush red fruit flavors and soft tannin.
The Vineyard: Frick's Estate Owl Hill Vineyard is the hill to the west of the winery. The soil is rock, gravel and clay from decomposed Dry Creek Conglomerate. At this location the vines have low vigor and produce grapes that are balanced.
Provençale style rosé. Light in color and flavors. Refreshing, low alchohol. Drinks like a white wine with bonus flavors. Cinsaut is an ideal rosé grape.
I have been making rosé from cinsaut for 30 years. This is a satisfying rendition of the grape. Harvested early for optimum rosé wine balance. Direct press with short skin contact makes for faint blush and old world delicate elegance. Sipping a cold glass is like an tropical holiday. Fresh aromatics. Crisp refreshment with light pome fruit and red berry flavors.
Drink now to 2024. Only 130 cases made.
Serve with: scampi, summer fruit salad, arugula pecorino salad, pea soup, sand dabs, fresh peach pie, pouched salmon, miso soup, egg salad sandwich, pan fried scallops, grilled summer squash, goat cheese fritters, chicken breast browned in butter, fish tacos, sashimi, watermelon