It is April and it is a wonderful time in Temecula Wine Country. The skunks are no longer in full rut and the threat of crop damaging cold weather has passed. We are in for another early harvest and I predict it will begin the first week of August based on the timing of this year’s grape bloom. The downside of the current climatic conditions of California is yet another year of severe drought. The upside is perhaps the potential for better wine grapes. Size does matter and it is not just what you do with it that counts…. For wine production we want small! Smaller crops with smaller grapes mean a greater concentration of flavors and better wine. It takes some stressing of the vine to achieve such a crop and the drought is lending us a hand. Vinifera wine grapes are durable and an appropriate crop for California as they are a less thirsty crop plant.
With the warming of the weather we have released the 2013 Sangiovese Rosé. For those of you that may not be in the know, rosé wines are the new black. We are at the beginning of a Rosé Renaissance. Though these wines have been popular before and had fallen out of vogue, the market and the public’s tastes have matured to value something other than White Zin. The wine industry is seeing a surge of high quality and sophisticated rosé wines entering the market. Please forget about ‘White Zin’; for the true lovers of rosé wines this term has become fighting words. In the past the wine market had become inundated with mediocre Rosés made from Zinfandel, giving rosés in general a bad-wrap and much of the public soured on the idea of any type of rosé…. Open your eyes and enjoy this reawakening of this noble class of wines. These wines are truly beautiful in their broad array hues and flavor tones. They range from bone dry to tangy sweet, with great acid balance and prominent fruit elements. They are wonderful to drink throughout the year, but are most appreciated during the hottest times of the year. Rosés are created from red grapes that have been fermented as a white and are essentially more of a white wine than red. Their color depends on the amount of contact of juice with the grape skin before fermentation begins. For a ‘Blanc de Noir’ skin contact may be a matter of minutes while other rosé styles may require hours of contact with the skin. These wines are intended to be enjoyed when they are young to display the strongest fruit elements, but like as is true with certain white wines, some rosés can actually be aged to some degree.
Our Rosé Wines
Sangiovese Rosé: Mount Palomar Winery introduced Sangiovese to Temecula Valley and now Sangiovese accounts for our largest plantings in the vineyard. Today amazingly we have seven different clones planted in our vineyards. It seems only appropriate that we make an extraordinary rosé from Sangiovese. Our styling has a hint of sweetness brightened by natural acid with a prominent display of strawberry and melon essences. The fuchsia color is gorgeous. Recently it was awarded “Best Medium Dry Rose” at the San Diego Fair.
Cinsuat Blush: With a wonderful hue of bashful, this is our pink sensation. Off dry sweetness is balanced against tart citrus flavors.
Cinsaut Blanc de Noir: With a slight pink ting this wine is styled truly like a dry white wine. It is light, crisp and elegant. This wine is thirst quenching on the hottest day and great with white fish.