I purchased this wine when I stopped at the Thorpe Fruit Stand on my way home from Yakima this last May. I had a business meeting combined with a conference, so I was on the road a week, and my visit to Thorpe was a nice treat on the long drive home. I decided to get the Powers 2016 Rosé of Malbec without knowing anything about it – at $14 it was worth the risk on what could be a great wine!
It is made from 100% Malbec from the Alice Vineyard, Wahluke Slope. The skins were pressed off the juice after 6 hours of cold soak contact in the traditional method of making Rosé, and it was aged in stainless steel for four months. It packs a kick at 13% ABV and was released on February 1, 2016.
The tasting notes for the wine say, “a sensory garden of layered aromas of fresh rose petals and strawberry, rhubarb, and hints of jasmine and lemon rind on the nose, this Rosé explodes on the palate with springtime flavors. Fresh balanced essence of watermelon and strawberry, lime zest and rhubarb, this wine is very lively with a great balance of acidity on the finish.”
I opened it last night and paired it with salmon rubbed with a Meyer lemon balsamic vinegar rub, asparagus and sweet potato fries.
I definitely picked up the floral nose, along with quite a bit of watermelon on the palate. It is a delicious wine that will I enjoy even though the weather is turning crisp and cold.