I love Rose – I was excited to see a rose included in my wine advent calendar!
Unfortunately, this was not the dry rose I have come to love. This California rose was more reminiscent of the syrupy, overly sweet White Zinfandels that were a staple of the 1980s. Honestly, I drank this one very slowly, and had a hard time finishing it.
The description on the bottle was of strawberry and juicy watermelon, which seemed accurate, but it was like drinking a runny, strawberry syrup.
You can’t win them all – it still looked pretty in it’s picture!
About a month ago, with my favorite wine shop still closed to indoor shopping, I had the owners put together a six pack of summer sipping whites and rosés. Beyond a general description of what I like, I let them choose for me – I’ve done this several times and have always been pleased with the results. With curbside pickup, it was a breeze to just pull up and have them load my purchases into my car!
The 2017 Massaya Rosé is 100% Cinsault, hand picked from vines that are on average 30 years old. It is stainless-steel aged and bottled after 8 months. This wine is a beautiful light strawberry color, with flavors of ripe berries. It is dry with a hint of light spice and just a touch of sweetness. It was great to enjoy it on the deck on a hot summer day!