May 11th, 2005
Chilled roses seem to be all the rage for sipping on warm summer evenings these days. I always think that sounds lovely, but haven't sampled many pink wines. For this Wine Blogging Wednesday, I wanted to choose a wine from Washington, and something that wasn't too sweet.
I ended up with the 2004 Grenache Rose from Syncline Wine Cellars. Only 198 cases of the wine were produced, so it's only available for a limited time. Apparently the 2003 bottling sold out quickly.
Syncline Wine Cellars get their grapes from about ten Washington vineyards. They specialize in Rhone style wines (Syrah, Grenache, Roussanne, and Viognier) and look for vineyards that, in their words "have followed the European tradition of matching varietal to vineyard site."
The wine itself is a gorgeous color, a deep rosy pink. It comes with a screwtop cap, and sells for around $12.50. I enjoyed this dry, fruity, sophisticated wine, but it wasn't something I wanted to drink glass after glass of. A glass before dinner with a few tasty nibbles would be just about right.