Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 7, 2017

2016 Skylark, Rosé of Grenache “Pink Belly” Mendocino County.
One of California’s best French style dry Rosé wines year after year, Skylark’s Pink Belly by Robert Perkins and John Lancaster is a beautiful and brightly flavored pink. This 2016 Skylark Pink Belly is a pure Grenache, it’s brilliant and mineral driven with juicy crisp watermelon, sour cherry, citrus, rosewater and flinty spice. Perkins has crafted a really lovely and focused quaffer that is bursting with energy and refreshing briskness along with nice subtle fruit that is ripe and tart with faint chalky detail that lingers with touches of lavender, pepper, grenadine and anise. This is a fine dry Rosé that you can’t seem to get enough of, it’s so tasty and vibrant you want another bottle to follow, it’s a sublime Summer wine and a great picnic choice. This Tavel like pink is great example of Rhone style Rosé, other top Grenache Rosés include Stolpman, Samsara, Banshee and A Tribute to Grace just to name a few, but you should certainly search these wines out as well as this awesome Skylark Pink Belly. Skylark is a winery to watch, their Red Belly Carignane, Grenache and Syrah red Rhone blend is also a great value to check out and makes for a nice companion to this Pink Belly.
($18 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive