Wednesday, May 22, 2013

#WineWednesday: 2010 Esterlina Cole Ranch Rosé

As you may have seen on Twitter, each Wednesday is dubbed #WineWednesday and provides the opportunity to give mention to those that have something to do with wine. I am bringing that idea to WestToast  and will be bringing you my thoughts on a recent bottle I drank on each #WineWednesday.

With the weather turning nice it means that we do a lot of grilling. It also means that we drink a lot more white wine and rosé. The other night we decided to grill some burgers and corn on the cob and whileI was originally thinking a lighter red wine like a Pinot, Katie was thinking more of a rosé, which provides the selection for this week’s #WineWednesday, the 2010 Esterlina Cole Ranch Rosé

We first visited Esterlina Vineyards on our way home from a weekend of covering Winesong! up in Mendocino County. The tasting room is quite remote and we had to travel up this winding dirt road for awhile to get there. I am glad we didn’t turn back because we found a real gem in Esterlina. We sat on the 2nd story deck of the house sipping through their wines while overlooking the breathtaking Anderson Valley. Instead of breadsticks, Cheetos were provided....yep, the artificial orange colored Cheetos.

The 2010 Rosé comes from the Cole Ranch AVA, which is the smallest AVA in the United States at just over 250 acres, all owned by Esterlina. I wasn’t sure how the rosé would stand up to all of the grilled food and thought it might be too light. I was pleasantly surprised by it though and it actually worked really well. There was enough body to it that it stood up nicely with the grilled food and it was quite refreshing since it was still 90 degrees outside.

This was such a nice rosé and I wish I had purchased more than the one bottle. I was able to taste some strawberry and watermelon and the color was just stunning. It makes me happy that winemakers are working with rosé and doing some really great things to try and eliminate the perception that all rosé are sweet wines and/or a jug of white Zinfandel.




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