This has been my favorite rosé of the last two years. Although this years 2012 Vin Gris of Pinot Noir is still wonderful, it fell a spot or two. Admittedly any wine trying to top the Viña Tondonia, which was introduced to me this year, was facing a loosing battle, even a champ like the Vin Gris. Also, this years vintage from Robert Sinskey Vineyards was subtly different (the color for one looks slightly paler, making it even more of a visual beauty, if that’s even possible!). I am not sure what the weather patterns or growing season were in California last year, but it always fascinates me how truly alive wines are and the interaction they have with their environment.
At first glance, you already know you have a winner with this wine. Yes, I know, never judge a book by it’s cover, but I’m sorry, I do. When you have a bottle as sleek and simple as this it just screams sexy. To use yet another cliché, Less is More. It’s like Catcher in the Rye, all you need to see is the red (rosé or pastel pink in our case) cover and the title and let the rest speak for itself. And to me, it speaks volumes! It falls right alongside many of the great Provençal rosés with it’s dry, crisp, sharpness. The aroma is that of a freshly cut granny smith apple with crushed strawberries. On first sip there is a refreshing dance, almost as if it were a sparkling rosé, of vibrant flavors of grapefruit and pear.
This wine holds up well to many desserts, be them sweet and heavy forward like crème brulée or on the tart and light side, such as lemon sorbet with fresh strawberries. It can also cary a main course quite nicely. Try chicken or fish with a light coriander sauce, or a white pasta dish. For me though, I tend to skip food entirely with this wine and find it best on it’s own, spending a late afternoon melting away with the sun as I watch it fade into the night sky.