Rosé of the Week
A Pick From Her VineNess
2012 Dunstan Pinot Noir Rosé, Durrell Vineyard, $25
July’s official beverage should be rosé, and here is a really delightful one made by Dunstan Wines from the famed Durrell Vineyard in Sonoma. It’s made from grapes grown specifically for making rosé – it’s not a saignée. Made in 50 percent stainless steel and 50 percent neutral oak, the 2012 Dunstan rosé of Pinot is pale as first light and nimble on its feet. It pirouettes nicely across the palate with pink toe shoes and tights. The label, appropriately, renders the horseshoe logo in what looks like strawberry metallic icing, neatly embossed. Aromas are quince, roses and ruby red grapefruit, with flavors of rosehips, quince jelly and strawberry mandarin marmalade. Exquisitely balanced, flawless in execution. Quite a find.
This wine can be purchased on the Dunstan website at www.dunstanwines.com
Laura Ness, aka “Her VineNess,” has called the Santa Cruz Mountains home for more than 30 years. She loves hanging out with winemakers and winegrowers in their vineyards and cellars, drinking in their quirky, inspiring stories, and of course, their wines. She most enjoys sharing her experiences with people as besotted with wine and food as she is, and happily recommends good bottles of wine for your drinking pleasure.