So many great wines to taste at this show! Taste of show Rose, in my opinion, goes to Hedges, Bel Villa Vineyard 100% Rose of Cabernet Franc. Red Mtn. AVA. A dry Rose with great balance
and structure. Hints of unique floral on the after palate. Limited production at 180 cases. Consider pairing with a cheese and fruit plate or poached salmon.
2011 Independent Producers Rose of Cabernet Franc - Red Mountain AVA - Premiere Class 100% Bel Villa Vineyard fruit (the vines were planted in 1997)
The estate-grown Cabernet Franc grapes for this rose were harvested at full ripeness, and the juice was allowed minimal skin contact, resulting in a wine that is pale, clear salmon colored with flashes of copper and rose gold. Aromas of crushed minerals, lavender, and violet blossoms are punctuated by subtle fragrances of sweet raspberry preserves. Upon entry, zesty acidity awakens the palate and transitions seamlessly to a softly-textured middle where the minerals return, joined by flavors of juicy strawberry and raspberry. The finish is delicate and refreshing, with anise and lavender notes lending complexity to the fruit.