2019 Aerena Rosé
So I know what you are saying..."Rosé now?....Brrr, no way!' Tigger says "You are sooooo wrong...give me that wine Bitch!"
Just ignore Tigger's potty mouth, even if he is right:) This is a perfect rosé for the fall. The days are still hot.....okay at least warm, and the nights are starting to be chilly enough to pull out your bulkie sweater to wear.
Now before you judge, just read on to where my mind is going. You might be pleasantly surprised.
In the wine shop, rosés are my go to suggestion for a red drinker wanting to transition into a white, or vice versa. Okay, it's usually the other way around, but hey there are always those outliers. Anyway, also if you think rosés are sweet, I'm not talking to you and you are sorely mistaking. A true rosé is not a Sutter Home or Beringer white zinfandel. (Now they have there place I guess, but not at my table.) Rosés can be made using a couple different styles, and this one used the perfect method for the fall.
So this rosé is produced in the saignée method. This translates into bleed. Basically they make a red wine and as the fermentation process and maceration process are not totally completed, a portion of the wine is bled off to create a rosé. The rosé wine finishes fermenting under cool temperatures, but stays at the bled of color. The rosés using this method have more time on the skins and seeds than your Provence style rosés....aka they have more tannins. (Hence why orange wines are popular in the fall as well).
So they are a perfect transition into a more tannic red, without a full-blown change. The rest of the wine, which is more concentrated, continues to ferment and macerate to that beautiful color we love and know in our red wines.
About this wine: Aerena 2019 Rosé
The grapes used in this blend are Carignan and Mouvedré, come from the delta area of the California River in the San Francisco Bay AVA, both are darker grapes with thicker skins, and say bring on the heat! Carignan is mostly known to be used in the Languedoc area in France and the Rioja region of Spain. In the US it is spelled Carignane, and is known for high yields if not trimmed back and is grown as a bushvine. (Those bushvine picks from South Africa are Carignan.) Mouvedré is more known by its French name, but it is originally from Spain where it's the 4th most planted grape and is called Monastrell.
The look of the wine is a pretty dark salmon with some orange hues. The legs are thicker with some residual sugar and move down the glass at a medium pace.
The smell reminds me of cranberry sauce, fresh picked strawberries, apple blossom, and raspberry buds.
The taste is of lemon rind, chambord, tart red apple, a watermelon jollyracher at the end as the wine warms up, and ends with some spicy white pepper. Acidity is on the lower side at first, but maybe the residual sugar makes it feel less acidic than it is. Some tannin in the mouthfeel, and to keep it more grounded and in line with the earthy elements like graphite and that spicy pepper.
I found this wine at Waterfront Wine and Spirits for 11.99. Once again a perfect fall rosé!
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