Wine Review: Abiouness Rose of Pinot Noir
Although the wine business is mostly fun and games, this month we are turning a bit more serious in the name of a great cause. This October, Breast Cancer Awareness month celebrates its 25th anniversary and it seems at this point everyone is on board. NFL players are wearing pink cleats, pink ribbons are a dime a dozen, and there are more events to attend this month than you can count on two hands. Is it all necessary? Breast cancer is still the second most common cancer in women and in 2006 alone almost 200,000 women were diagnosed with it… in sort, yes. So we are going to add one more charitable item to your to-do list this month: drink pink wine. Decanted will donate 10% of our total sales of all pink (rose) wines sold this month to local Naples breast cancer support group, Bosom Buddies. Want to get involved more? Attend one of our events, a Rose tasting at Decanted on October 14th or a ‘Girls Night Out’ event at Salon International on October 15th.
And on to our review of the week…which is of course, pink.
There is nothing more elegant that a perfectly made Pinot Noir from the Carneros region in Napa County. Abiouness Rose of Pinot Noir is 100% Pinot made from a blend of the vineyards used in their single vineyard Pinot Noirs: Stanly Ranch and Hudson Vineyard. Most roses begin by the juices from the grapes sitting with their skins in a stainless steel tank for anywhere from a few hours to a few days (the longer the time, the darker the color); the grapes in used in Abiouness are exposed to the skins for one day before the juice is transferred into a neutral (used) French oak barrel. The wine is left to ferment until all of the yeast consumes the natural sugar from the wine, which is the secret in making a dry rose rather than its sweeter, less enticing cousin.
What is left is a wine well balanced and complex. The wine is remarkably Pinot while retaining the characteristics of a Rose….light of the palate and crisp on the finish with a flavor reminiscent of watermelon. A little heavier in style and flavor than a traditional Provence rose, the Abiouness displays strong typical fruit characteristics of Pinot Noir: strawberries, red raspberries and a touch of tart cherry with a balance of green earth and terrior. You can almost taste the crisp, cool Carneros breeze!
Served best seafood, salads and light pasta dishes, the heaviness of this wine also make it suitable for heavily spiced dishes like Thai or Japanese or even with turkey or duck. With only 106 cases produced, there’s not much to go around so maybe go with Tapas to try it with a bit of everything!
Our rating, 2 out of 3 stars.