Monday, June 27, 2011

Shinn Estate Vineyards Rose` 2010

A few weeks ago I read a very nice review on the New York Cork Report about a Long Island dry Rose` made with 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc.  It's only been about three years since I started to appreciate Rose` wine and they have all been 100% Finger Lakes Cab/Franc.  This Long Island wine sounded very interesting.  Fortunately, Shirley and I had planned a vacation in New York City a few weeks later and this would give me a chance to locate the wine since it's impossible to find here at home.
Once home, I had to wait a few days for the right dinner to open what was a darker than usual looking Rose`.  Saturday was that day.  Shirley made a great dinner of chicken breast done in some light herbs and spices, served with her potato salad and snap peas.  I think she could have made anything on Saturday, I was determined to open my Shinn Estate Vineyards 2010 Rose`($16).

The color was a darker than ususal in the glass. I believe I had a few Pinot Noir in the past that were about this color.  The red cherry and watermelon aromas were very pleasant. Add in a hint of strawberry and raspberry in the mouth with a dry earthy feel and a medium-long finish then just sit back and enjoy.  You can also, as noted in the NYCR, close your eyes and you may think this as a red wine.  Even more so if you leave some out to warm up for a day.  Warm, about 65F, the wine was wonderful.  Aromas were more earthy, a little drier taste and the finish was longer and smoother.

I had e-mailed Lenn Thompson after reading his review to ask if he could compare the LI Rose` with those from the Finger Lakes.  He answered that it would be comparing apples and oranges.  Not the answer I was looking for, but he was absolutely right on.  Probably better said as being unfair to compare them.  Both are excellent, but much different wines. Wish I had brought more home.  You can order,like me,  from Shinn Estate Vineyards or 67Wine online store.

1 comment:

Rose Wine said...

it is great to see that you have started to appreciate rose wine, I dont blame you. It looks like you delved into the World of rose wine just at the right time and some brands now even rival top white Burgundy wines.

Rose wines have come a long way and are extremely modish, but will stay for a long time.