2012 Kaena, Rose of Grenache, Santa Ynez Valley.
Mikael Sigouin’s Grenache Rose is stunning, a complete wine of freshness and vitality with mineral and spice notes rounding out this moth watering gem that starts with red citrus, rose water and chalky stones. The palate is driven by brisk acidity, but opens to round watermelon, strawberry and tangy cherry fruits with hints of pepper and finishes with a nice steely edge and lingering tart raspberry. Kaena’s lineup is very impressive, there are many striking Grenache wines, a GSM, a Syrah and some thrilling whites too mostly Rhone influenced like Grenache Blanc and Viognier, but he also makes a fine Loire like Sauvignon Blanc that offers complex and compelling flavors, this guy is a real talent, and this Rose is a great place to start. Best get on it though, Sigouin’s Kaena wines are only produced in tiny amounts and they go fast, these are super values too, be sure to check them out soon.
($20 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive
Tasted at the Family Winemakers of California Event August 17, 2013