Red Wine of the Week
Cynthia’s Pick “From Behind the Tasting Bar”
2012 California Rosé, Cinnabar Winery, Paso Robles and Sonoma County, $25
If you thought that Rosé was just a summer wine, think again. Rosé can be enjoyed all year long. Whether dry or off-dry, Rosé goes with nearly any cuisine. This time of year is perfect for pairing these blush wines with horsd’oeuvres such as figs stuffed with goat cheese, roasted turkey and yams, honey-baked ham, cranberry stuffing and other holiday favorites.
One Rosé I’ve added to my cellar is the 2012 California Rosé from Cinnabar Winery in Saratoga, Calif. With a gorgeous coral hue, this off-dry wine is a blend of Tempranillo, Zinfandel and Merlot sourced from vineyards in Paso Robles and Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley.
After the grapes were crushed, they were cold soaked, co-fermented cold and bottled without the influence of malolactic fermentation or oak barrels. What you get is a crisp, medium-bodied blush wine that resembles those of Côtes de Provence in France.
This fragrant Rosé has aromas of strawberry, cherry and dried flowers. Raspberry, almond and rhubarb fill the palate. Slight minerality and balanced acidity make for a long finish. Drink this wine now or stock up for the holidays.
The 2012 California Rosé can be purchased at the tasting room from now through February, or while supply lasts. This wine is also available for purchase on Cinnibar’s website, and is currently on sale there for $20 at http://www.cinnabarwinery.com/2012-california-rose/
Cinnabar Winery is located in quaint downtown Saratoga at 14612 Big Basin Way. For more information, call (408) 867-1012. Or, visit their website at www.cinnabarwinery.com.
Cynthia Bournellis works in the wine industry in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation. When she’s not pouring wine, Cynthia is on the wine trail. She enjoys sharing her wine-infused experiences not only on Wine Food Explorer, but also on her blog, From Behind the Tasting Bar. Cynthia can be reached at, firstname.lastname@example.org.