Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 16, 2017

2016 Matthiasson, Rosé, California.
The new Matthiasson Rosé is a crisp, refreshing and delicate pink that delivers a subtle flow of fruit, spice and mineral notes with brisk flavors and a very dry profile, very much in keeping with Steve Matthiasson’s elegant style. With air this lovely Roségains depth and intrigue with vibrant grapefruit, strawberry, spiced/sour cherry and watermelon as well as bitter herb, pepper and wet stones. Matthiasson crafted an interesting pink for the 2016 vintage from a range of varietals including about 46% Grenache, mostly from McDowell Valley in Mendocino, 27% Syrah from plots in the Napa Valley and Dunnigan Hills, 14% Mourvedre coming also from Dunnigan Hills, 7% Sauvignon Blanc from Ryan’s Vineyard in Napa Valley and 6% Counoise, all which add complexity here, also the low alcohol at 11.3% helps add to the refreshing nature in this wonderful California Rosé. This bright and tangy wine is a fine example and expression that is lighter in fruitiness and all the better for it, it’s a great celebration of Spring and Summer, don’t wait though, as this Rosé has a serious following that buy it up like candy, it sells out fast! The Matthiasson wines are beautiful and unique offering a great alternative to the mainstream, especially this Rosé, drink now.
($26 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive