Thursday, May 12, 2016

Weekly Wine Review - California Rosé - 2015 Chase Cellars Zinfandel Rosé Hayne Vineyard

Like many of my era, some of my first wine that didn't come from a convenience store (shout out to Boone's Farm) was White Zinfandel.  Beringer? No way - I rocked mostly some Robert Mondavi Woodbridge.  After growing up drinking sugary sodas and "juices" from Hi-C out of a can (no need to refrigerate sugar water with extra preservatives), my taste buds seem to gravitate to the sweeter pink wines on my grocer's counters.  These memories made me smile when we received our latest wine club shipment from the awesome Zin-masters at Chase Cellars.  A rosé of Zinfandel you say.... a white Zinfandel by a fancier name I say.  Neither Mondavi's or Chase's are white anyway... so I guess Rosé is the better term.  It's been a while since I've had a... whatever name you want to call it... so let's see how the 2015 version stands up to those wines of old!

Wine: 2015 Chase Cellars Zinfandel Rosé Hayne Vineyard

Region: Napa Valley
Grape Varieties: Zinfandel

Obtained from: Purchased at Winery
Price: $28
Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine

Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.
Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.

Appearance: Clear, dark pink - darker than most Rosés.
Aroma: Pure strawberry and a bit of minerals.
Taste: Pure, quality fruit with a great level of acidity.

The Grade: I give this one an A.  This is a white zinfandel, but know, one of those.  Taking some fruit from the great Hayne vineyard to use for Rosé is a little surprising to me, but the results are awesome. As the thermometer goes up, a glass of this goes down veeeery easily.  A little spendy for a Rosé, but worth every cent...Cheers!

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