2013 MacPhail Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Pale Salmon in color. The initial scents of sweet strawberries lead to rounded, deeper red berry flavors, a hint of watermelon, and an elusive impression of red cherry that pops up now and then. There is a rounded mouth impression, as much the fruit extract as the 14.5% alcohol. This is a result of picking the grapes at optimum ripeness and then fermenting the resulting juice bone dry. With each passing sip, additional textures of soil and minerality join the mix. This blush would never be mistaken for an Old World Rosé, and what is wrong with that? Those of you preparing to fire up the grill this summer for barbecued pork ribs would be happy to serve this wine at your table. But beware – this is a dangerous wine. It goes down so easily and delivers such nuance and pleasure, it is easy to forget the wallop it packs.
MSRP: $22 (July 2014)
Wine Lines rating: 90

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