Pink in Napa


Rosés in Napa Valley… Yup! I’m Tom Simoneau with today’s wine minute here to say last week I was back at the Napa Valley Vintners and St. Helena Star Tasting at the Rudd Center, this time tasting Rosés. Now I know what you’re thinking… real men don’t drink pink, especially in Napa Valley. But, I say, au contrair, mon ami. We tasted through 36 Napa Valley Rosés from Calistoga to the San Pablo Bay. There were some definite “wow” wines in the flights, those made from Rhone varietals, Syrah, and Grenache, as well as Sangiovese and Pinot Noir. But being in Napa Valley, the majority were made from the Bordeaux varieties. Top three of the flights: #3 Merryvale 2011 Dry Rosé of Pinot Noir and Syrah, #2 Silverado 2011 Rosé from Sangiovese and Zinfandel: and the #1 wine Franciscan Estate 2011 Rosé, from Syrah. Click on for the related article August 9th.

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