Yes, Virginia ... a GREAT rose from California

Red Car, Rose of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, 2014

I’m a bit of a Provence snob when it comes to rose. Last night I had a fantastic bottle of California rose that evoked the best of Bandol for me. Different place, different varietal but this wine has that dry melony/savory/mineral quality I find very appealing …

Very light copper color, medium weight in glass. Subdued nose of flowers and gravel. Flavor is more on the pink grapefruit/cantaloupe end of spectrum. Absolutely dry. Superbly persistent, with a chalky grip that lingers on long, long finish. Perfectly poised between just ripe fruit and a hard-to-describe succulent umami quality. This whole-cluster rose really speaks of its cool-climate roots. Striking finesse and restraint. Utterly delicious and charming. You can tell serious thought and care was taken in the making of this wine. 12.7% … about $20.

Spring has sprung … get on it!

Hat tip to Ken Zinns for spotlighting this wine in his report from IPOB tasting.