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!
Whelp… Less than two months in and the job is officially super-busy. Never a dull moment!
Meanwhile, I opened this wine the other night; I picked it up on my visit to Oz Winery in Wamego, KS. Yes, that’s the Wizard of Oz, in case you were wondering. The winery gives all their wines Wizard of Oz names, and carries all sorts of Oz and wine memorabilia in the tasting room. You can sample two wines for free and this was one of the wines I chose to try.
The Emerald City Lights is a “proprietary” white blend, which is fancy speak for “they don’t want to tell you what the blend is.” I disagree with this philosophy, since wines are so different naturally that there isn’t really a need to protect the specific grapes used. But anywhoo…
This wine is very light, with only the palest yellow color, and tart flavors of lemongrass beneath a floral nose. It is delicious, and much more than I was expecting from a Kansas wine.
Unfortunately, since I had limited storage space in my car on my trip, I only bought one bottle of this wine. I wish I had more…