This is a dry rosé made in California, from the sangiovese grape; the same grape made famous by Italian wines like Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The wine is a clear, light tawny cranberry color. It has nice minerally aromas with hint of fruit. Peach-strawberry fruit along with chalky minerality on the palate. A clean flavor with plenty of acidity, with a bit of butteriness to add fullness on the end-palate. Short finish.
Food pairings: mild cheeses and plain dishes from quinoa to fish.
WHO: Pope Valley Winery
WHAT: 100% Sangiovese
WHERE: Napa Valley, California
HOW MUCH: $22 (MSRP; media sample)