2016 Silvestri, Rose of Pinot Noir, Carmel Valley Estate, Monterey County.
A new release from famous academy award winning music composer Alan Silvestri’s Carmel Valley estate winery, the 2016 Silvestri Estate Rose is a bright and fresh pink with a fine depth of flavor, nice mineral tones and crisp dryness. This succulent Rose offers brisk driving energy, but with a solid Pinot fruit core of sour cherry, mixed citrus, juicy watermelon, a hint of blueberry and distilled strawberry along with chalky stones, a light dusting of spices, rosewater and a touch of tangy minty herbs. The Big Sur Fire sent smoke all through Carmel Valley and caused some vineyards a total loss of crop with only a very few grapes not effected, luckily Silvestri survived the worst, and this lightly macerated Rose of Pinot Noir is free of any trace of smoke taint. Silvestri estate’s current set of wines are all top notch with their Syrah, Pinot Noir and Barbera 2014’s really standing out for style and quality, but I always love the Rose, it’s a local favorite and sells out fast, it’s only available through their wine list or through the Silvestri tasting room on 7th Street in downtown Carmel by the Sea.
($28 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

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