Virginia is doing a fantastic job of making good dry french Rose wine. I have recently had a chance to try a few from California and was not impressed. I know that Wine Enthusiast Magazine had a feature on dry Rose and I know it is not that popular because people associate it’s color to that of White Zinfandel. But if Americans can accept these great Rose wines for what they are this might be a good market for Virginia.
A few months back I went to a Vineyard Spraying class at First Colony Winery and was able to taste their Rose. I remember really liking it and picking it up a bottle of the 2013 First Colony Winery Rose for me and my brother. I also picked it up because it is the first Rose that I have had (that I know of) that had a majority of the Austrian grape Lemberger.
The wine is actually 42% Lemberger, 28% Cabernet Franc, 24% Chambourcin, & 6% Viognier. For some reason lately, especially with French wines, Rose that list their grapes and have 4 or more varietals taste better. Here are the tasting notes from the winery’s website:
Completely dry rosé with aromas of candied strawberry, blood orange, and cantaloupe. Strawberry continues on the palate along with nuances of watermelon and pomegranate. Light, refreshing, and perfect for summer sipping. A delicious accompaniment to cheese and charcuterie plates, bacon and ham dishes, fresh tomatoes, and light picnic fare.
Interesting. So was it as good as I remember?
Color – Orangeish red.
Nose – I actually get a little bit of a floral smell with the Strawberries.
Taste – Strawberries again with a little bit of raspberry for me. I did not get the watermelon as strongly as you normally do in Virginia dry Rose but it was there.
Finish – Clean and crisp but it must be noted that it is very smooth. The acid is medium and it had a rounded light mouthfeel.
Overall, this is a perfect example of a great Virginia dry Rose. It is clean, crisp, and refreshing. It is not so basic on the palate that you get bored quickly. It is one of the smoothest on the market and be careful because it will go down easy! Pick up two bottles, if you see this one.