Olsen Vineyard Rosé, Columbia Valley
What can we say about Rosé? We love making it. Olsen Vineyard is perfect for it. As always, we macerated the Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache for 6 hours, achieving the perfect salmon color. We definitely prefer to be on the orange side of the spectrum instead of pink for our Rosé. This Rosé is more substantial than previous vintages. It’s a bit riper, as is the trend for all varieties in 2013. More on that in a couple of years. Its a wine that will take some time to open. Its more of an intellectual wine instead of a back yard quaffer. Brandon and I have been thinking a lot of the texture of our wines – the mouthfeel. It’s one of those things that is very hard to explain, but “you know it when you see it.” We want mid palate intensity, but we also want the wines to have fantastic texture. We started really thinking about this in the 2012 vintage, which, as a preview, is absolutely incredible. I think I will let Pam write the 2012 newsletters. I’m always saying to her “Don’t use so many exclamation points!” But the 2012′s deserve them. Maybe we will do a release party with !!! (geeky indie band reference, for those that will email and ask) Back to Rosé…the 2013 may last well into the football season. We may have to amend the rules just this year. It may be a wine to drink while watching the Seahawks in the Super Bowl in 2015. Give this bottle a bit of time. Should be coming well into its own by the time the Germans are dominating World Cup.
Tasting Notes: Rich, ripe, great mouthfeel. Ripe cherry, strawberry, mineral, smoke, earth, those honeydew-ish melons in Japan that are ripe and cost $75(the melons, not the rose). Insane length.
|BLEND:||52% Cinsault, 22% Syrah, 26% Grenache|