I continue to feel that 2015 and Rose wines will go down as one of the best vintage years around the world. Every 2015 Rose I've had from France and the USA which I've had the good fortune to open this year or taste on my travels continues to show me how good of a year the vintage is turning out to be.
Start with two Rose wines I had this weekend:
This is a wine made from all Pinot Noir. But, when you taste it, you think you're having a Rose from the Rhone or Provence. Lots of bright strawberry fruit, making me think first it was Grenache, then the deep berry and cherry flavors followed by a long lingering finish.
Part of my "Deep Cellar" philosophy involves being experimental and buying wines from up and coming wine regions long before they become too popular outside of their own communities. The Syncline Rose is one of those "experiments" in wine that is paying off. It's got the kind of pale pink salmon color that one attributes to Provence. A mis of Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault, the wine is full of strawberry fruit, some red melon flavor and spice. It has that bone dry style that I tend to appreciate, where the finish just lingers and the taste begs you to drink more.