2018 LADY FINGER ROSÉ WINE, Russian River, Sonoma County
The Lady Finger firework is a very small but powerful explosive. Similarly, this fine Rosé, a dry crisp and acidic wine is packed with layers of fruit. The wine is made from small bunches of Pinot Noir grapes, hand-picked from the cool climate of Sonoma County. The tiny clusters are pressed whole until just popping to make a light colored robust pink wine that explodes in rapid succession on the palate.
This limited production Rose is made from First Class Pinot Noir grapes grown at famed Buena Tierra Vineyard in the heart of the Russian River. The wine was made from utilizing the classic French Saignier process (removing juice from red grapes then fermenting the juice like white wine) as well as direct to press techniques.
The color is a Provençal-esque pale salmon and is refreshing. The wine has multi-dimensional floral notes from Chrysler Rose to Jasmine and infused with citron lemon peel notes. On the palate it explodes with refreshing tropical fruit notes including guava and lychee with tart lemon citrus notes on the finish. The wine is as light as a feather, but deft in its profile negotiating a perfect balance between fruit flavors, acidity and dryness.
A classic pairing with rose is steamed mussels in a saffron, wine base with shaved fennel. Try it with cold summer salads with roasted Chioggia beets, ricotta, roasted hazelnuts and mint or a salad niçoise with marinated anchovies, or virtually anything with goat cheese from tarts to salads to cheese plates.