I don’t know of any other kind of wine that is so closely associated with a season as Rosé is with Spring. The minute the clock ticks over to afternoon sunshine, out comes the pink stuff. And that is a decidedly good thing!
Steven’s Rules of Rosé:
- The wine must be full of fruit and flavor!
- The wine must be screaming with great Acid!
- The wine must be low in alcohol!
- You must enjoy the wine with all kinds of great food (cured meats, cheeses, BBQ chicken, spicy food…)
- Or…if you are not hungry, you must drink the wine by itself!
Following Steven’s rules, means committing to the Pink.
To get low alcohol and high acid the right way, you have to pick early. This generally rules out the bleeding off of juice from an otherwise red wine as it will probably lack the richness we have come to expect from red wine. So, the fruit you are committing to is going to be used only for Rosé; it is not going to be a by-product of a concentrated red fermentation. It also means being careful about how long you let the juice mingle with the skins…the longer the mingle, the darker the color.
Steven Kent Winery’s new release is the 2014 Vin Gris. This white-wine-from-red-grapes (the traditional meaning of Vin Gris) is loaded with strawberry and raspberry notes, comes in at only 11.7% in alcohol, goes with every food under the sun, shaded the most beautiful of pinks, and is the Color of Delicious!
Only 90 cases were made; it won’t be around long!