Ring Around the Rosé - Part 1
This week, Winemaker Keith Pilgrim introduced a brand new wine to the Tasting Room. After the popularity of the 2012 vintage and many queries about the next, the 2013 Arch Terrace Dry Rosé is finally here!
This bright, summery wine graced the bar on Monday and has already proven that it deserves to be there. With a palate strong of strawberry and hints of peach, this wine is best served chilled and on a patio with friends. Just in time for the hottest part of summer!
We know, we know. Rosés often get a bad rap in the wine world. They’re “unsophisticated,” “weak,” or not a wine-drinker’s wine. Sure, there may be some rosés out there that fit those descriptors, but like Merlots and “Sideways,” stereotypes were made to be broken.
Unlike most grocery store, $7 rosés, the Arch Terrace Rosé is dry. “Dry” is the technical term (and frequently-used jargon) for a wine that has less than 1% residual sugar (RS). The vast majority of red wines are dry, the few exceptions being port-style reds. Whites run the gambit of dry, off-dry, semi-sweet, and sweet, each label having its own specified level of residual sugar.
Since the 2013 Arch Terrace Dry Rosé has a residual sugar of 0.8%, it fits under the “dry” label. That RS level sits right at the level where you can start to taste the sweetness. This sugar is balanced by a crisp, refreshing acidity that helps wake up your palate.
Like the 2012, the 2013 vintage is made from Cabernet Franc. Unlike the 2012, the 2013 is 100% Cabernet Franc, which gives it a touch more earth on the nose. It is also lighter in both color and weight than the 2012, and the combination of barely-ripened strawberry and white peach flavors make this vintage stand apart from its predecessor.
For any and all out there who are looking for something just a little bit different, drop on by the Tasting Room and give this Rosé a try. If you really like it, snag a case! To celebrate Washington Wine Month, this week's special is a case of the 2013 Arch Terrace Rosé for $120 (reg. $216). Order online from our store or ask one of our Wine Educators really nicely since it's technically a web-only discount. Chances are they'll let you take a case or three.
Curious about how our Rosé is made? Check out the next article for more details!
Veni, Vidi, Vinum!
P.S. We apologize for the recent breaks in our weekly updates. These are due to technical difficulties that are being resolved. That’s why you’re getting a double dose of Rosé this week!