Rose’ Season Opener in Minnesota
Rose’ season has started in Minnesota! We discovered the joys of Rose’ last summer, and I could hardly wait until our first day warm enough to just demand a meal out on the patio. Open up the patio umbrella, uncork the 1st Rose’ of the season and enjoy! This year it’s Mother’s Day, doubly nice.
If you haven’t tried Rose’, you need to do it this summer! Classic Rose’ isn’t sweet, or at least not cloyingly sweet. Just don’t get any “pink Zinfandels”! Our favorites are bone dry, crisp, acidic and refreshing. Great wines with summer foods. Nothing better with a dinner salad.
We like a number of domestic wineries that aren’t distributed in Minnesota, so I made sure to include their Rose’s in our spring orders. Here’s what we have so far:
- Gramercy Cellars (Walla Walla, WA) – this one is new to us. We have enjoyed a number of their red wines after visiting them last fall. This one is a Cinsault/Syrah/Grenache blend. The Gramercy Rose’ Manifesto is a hoot, you can see it here.
- Bedrock – Bedrock is a tiny winery in Sonoma. Too small to even have a tasting room, everything is done by mailing list. This Rose’ was my personal favorite last summer. It’s a rose of Mourvedre, alcohol is only 12.3%.
- Chateau Haut Rian – we had this one this spring at a Mediterranean wine dinner at Pairings, a local restaurant/wine shop. This one is Merlot/Cab Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Unti – Another Sonoma winery; this one we have visited. We love a bunch of their wines, and their Rose’ is great, too. The grapes are Grenache and Mourvedre.
- Montinore Estate – We visited the winery a few weeks ago on a trip to Corvallis, OR. We brought several bottles home with us, and the Rose’ was one of them. This one is 100% Pinot Noir.
As part of a Mother’s Day lunch (previous post), we uncorked a bottle of Unti Rose’. Unti wines are a California fruit/climate rendition of traditional European wines. There is no attempt to copy, but a respectful approach from a California perspective.
The color is a beautiful, gentle salmon color. With your eyes closed, you might guess a nice crisp white wine by the aroma. The flavor is indeed, crisp, acidic, refreshing, but the additional fruit/tart flavor is just perfect for the summer.
While we have quite a supply already, we have signed up for a Rose Tent Tasting at a new wine shop for us; Solo Vino in St. Paul. Next Sunday, we will get to sample 130 Rose’s from 10 different countries. Wow! It will be quite the education! Can’t wait.