Sunday, July 5, 2009

Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Heron Hill Cabernet Franc dry Rose' 2006

I know those close to me won't believe this, but I am actually going to review a Rose' wine.
In doing so, I am showing them that I can accept the fact that for almost all of my adult life I have been very stupid or as Lenn Thompson said 'Are you nuts.' Yes Lenn, I was nuts.

On our recent wine tour through the Finger Lakes, I begrudgingly tasted a dry Cabernet Franc Rose' from Heron Hill Winery. Until that first taste settled on the palate, my belief was that all Rose' wine was sweet and I am not a big fan of sweet wines. But at that point, I became aware that this is one of the best summer wines I have tasted in a long time. Doesn't beat my favorites, (dry Rieslings and Sauvignon Blanc), but is a very pleasant add to my summer wine collection.

Winemakers notes:
In certain years when the Cabernet Franc has a higher acidity than normal some of the harvest may be suitable for rosé winemaking. We honor the traditional way of rosé winemaking in that the whole allotment of grapes were used specifically for this purpose. The hand-picked grapes were de-stemmed and crushed directly into our tank press. The tank press was sealed and the skins were allowed 24 hour contact time with the juice. The resulting juice once pressed was the perfect hue of pink.
The fermentation was conducted in stainless steel tanks. Nice steady, cool fermentation. The acid is crisp, the aromatics are light and fruity. The brief contact with the skins during pressing not only imparts some color to the wine, it also picks up some lighter red wine aromatics. While there are some bright citrus notes detectable in the wine, the more prominent aromatics are a combination of strawberry and watermelon.
Pairs well with a brunch menu including lox, bagels and cream cheese or take on a picnic and serve with a summer terrine of prosciutto, roasted peppers, smoked eggplant and chevre.

My notes:
I picked up the white aromas of citrus and a little peach. There was a very slight aroma of melon. On the palate there was a bit of berry like and peppery sensation with a light citrus finish. I was going to try this with a pork roast, but couldn't wait and finished the wine by itself.
This is my first Rose' in 38 years so I'm going to have to search out a few more dry Rose' wines to compare. That ought to be fun. Until then it will be added to my summer must haves and at $16.

Take it from an amatuer wine lover...Great Buy!


The Buddhist Conservative said...

Nothing wrong with a good rose' this time of year!
Your right that in a good year, cab franc can make a delightful rose'. I'm getting thirsty thinking of it.

I am in the process of launching our updated wine website (There is more to the Buddhist Conservative than meditation!). We were long overdue for an extreme makeover. I have added your blog our blog links.

This has been a busy month of work wine tasting, and web development. Keep up the great work!


The Wine Whore said...

A good Rose for summer is a great pairing! I absolutely loved your food pairing suggestions... I'll have to try this one.

Great review!


Mark said...

Nice post. I have to agree with you that pork and Rosé go together like peanut butter and jelly! If you’re looking for “dry” versions, then Tavel and Sancerre Rosé may be just what you’re taste buds are looking for. I look forward to reading your upcoming Rosé reviews.

Sue said...

Rose's reputation has suffered over the years in the UK from the over exposure of brands such as Mateus back in the 70s and 80s. Thankfully rose is enjoying a revival and the quality of some of these wines is lovely and more people are starting to wake up to the fact that there is a contingent of wines out there that they have yet to discover. I enjoyed your review and wish we could get hold of some Heron Hill over here as you made me want to drink it!

Shelly said...

I'm getting for a Rose' now. This summer heat sure makes it sound cool and refreshing. Mmmm the Pork sound like a great pairing.

Thanks for a great review!