The spectacular Sonoma Coast. For a brief moment, allow me to take you there.
The Sonoma Coast is a few hours north of San Francisco is part of Sonoma County. It is quite a different growing region than the generally warm and accommodating appellations of the rest of the county. Sitting perfectly along the Northern CA coast, imagine a rugged, formidable place where the Alaskan-cooled waters carried down by the aggressive Pacific Ocean currents pound up against the rocky coast. The warm sun is tempered daily by the cool air. This is the vineyard-sacred grounds made famous by the well-known Flowers Winery. It is a place of dramatic beauty and world-class wine grapes.
There are Rosés… and then there is your Rosé.
Most rosés, especially CA, are fairly simple, red fruit bombs that usually work fine for a warm day drinking. This wine is so much more. Notice the pinkish color, somewhere between CA ruby red and French salmon colored rosés. Next, take in the aromas of bright red strawberry and freshly picked raspberry as they don’t come across as simple and manufactured, but pure and real. To me, this indicates a wine of style, winemaking mastery and something special to come next.
Clean, bright and perfectly… perfect.
The taste. First impressions are that the cool Sonoma Coast keeps these grapes on their toes, showcasing the bright acidity and endearing, crisp fruit flavors. Yes, strawberry is definitely there but find the white peach and raspberry flavors that remind me of the day you bite into them on the way home from the market because you just can’t wait. Fresh, new and bright are all words that come to mind as the wine sits in your mouth. Finally, take in how this rosé is beautifully crafted, straight forward but not too simple at the same time. Thought provoking, yet just pleasing. The luxury Pinot Noir grape, of which this wine was carved from, makes world-class wines. So, it makes perfect sense this rosé is a luxury interpretation we are fortunate to savor today.
A wine that on one hand is as uncomplicated as it makes a statement of being a great rosé and on the other hand carries with it the story of one of the most spectacular places on earth. Special for sure.
Cheers - Eric
Label Art Notes
Pretty Good For A Rosé
Rosés have come a long way, from the simple White Zinfandels cast aside as a beginners wine to the more celebrated rosés of today. All over the world rosé wines have been enjoyed for centuries as peers to the great whites and reds. In the US they seemed to never get their respect as a serious wine, until recently.
This wine style is bright, feminine and has tremendous style. It’s a bold statement, staying within it’s roots of being a rosé, yet announcing to the world that it is a worthy peer to be reckoned with alongside other great wines of the world.
So, my song “Pretty Good For A Girl” was a perfect representation of your wine today. Don’t be fooled by the feminine, pinkish color, as this wine was crafted from highly respected Pinot Noir grapes from some of the best vineyards in Sonoma, CA. The label’s bold lettering and message against the backdrop of the beautiful light pink hue of the wine says it all for me.