Over the years I have been writing the blog, your responses and comments have helped guide me on what future articles you would or wouldn’t enjoy. Reporting on various wines is one of the topics you have personally commented to me on. Most respondents will read the reports if they feel they can go out and easily purchase the wine locally. I have taken that advice and typically only report on wines that you can get locally…such as my reports on wines that are “rated at 90 points or higher and sell for $20.00 or less” or the wines that Stan Minden from Chalet Party Shoppe and I select as Wine of the Month. I have generally stopped reporting on higher end, expensive and difficult to obtain wines unless they are unusual or special.
I will occasionally continue to report on these special types of wines that might be a little tougher to get than heading to your local wine store. When I do, I will try and give you ways to purchase the wines. The reason: even if you don’t want to put forth the effort or money to get the particular wine I am reporting on, maybe you will at least try something similar (the same vintage, type of wine, blend, etc.) Experiencing different types of wine is important for our wine education.
Such is the case with today’s report on Robert Sinskey’s 2016 Vin Gris Pinot Noir Rosé. I picked up my bottle on my recent trip to the winery in Napa. According to the winery website, they are “sold out” of this vintage. On www.wine-searcher.com there are 25 wine stores across the U.S. that stock the wine and will ship it to your doorstep. Prices range from $27.99 to $37.99 a bottle. At the winery it retails for $30.00 per bottle. In any case I hope today’s report on this wine motivates you to at least try a Vin Gris Rosé of some type.
Vin Gris Rosé
There are several terms to describe Rosé. Vin Gris is one of three common terms used…as is “blush wines” and “pink wines.” Vin Gris is a French term which means literally “grey wine.”
Vin Gris is a white wine made from red grapes, particularly pinot noir grapes. As you know Pinot Noir is a black grape. So, how do they make pink Rosé or white wines from red or dark skinned grapes? When the grapes are crushed the white juice is run off and removed from contact with the dark skins of the grape. The juice is then fermented in stainless steel tanks and then bottled shortly after fermentation without any aging in oak barrels.
2016 Robert Sinskey Vin Gris of Pinot Noir Rosé
It is Mother’s Day 2017. The sun is shining, the temperature is in the mid 70s and the family is coming over for a lunch of very lightly spiced tacos. What wine shall I select? I wanted a wine that would match the day, meal and that I could enjoy into the evening. I felt this Robert Sinskey Rosé would be the one.
The wine is a pale pink in color. On the nose it has aromas of peaches, apricots and citrus fruits. On the palate the wine is crisp, even a little “bitie” at the start. There are flavors of fresh strawberries, ripe peaches and floral tones. The finish is well structured, refreshing and of a good length.
I am not a big Rosé drinker but found this tasting to be very enjoyable and educational. I liked this wine and would recommend you give it a try or at least a wine that is similar. I would also recommend that you check out the Robert Sinskey website for other interesting wines. You can do so at www.robertsinskeyvineyards.com.
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May 25 – International Chardonnay Day (Thursday before Memorial Day)
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August 14 – International Rosé Day
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