It was drilled into me some 20 years ago: Producer trumps Vintage. Always; Producer trumps Vintage. That is; if you have to follow either the vintage or the producer, that you follow the producer … ‘A good producer will always make the best wine possible even in poor vintages’. So what do the producers we care and hold in esteem do with 2017? We look to their Rosé wine ...
The harbinger of the coming vintage is Rosé: it is the first glimpse into what can be made of the grapes from the year just gone past - think of it as the Punxsutawney Phil of the wine world … if the coming rosés are good then the vintage overall might be worthwhile, if the Rosés aren’t so good then the vintage might be a stinker.
Without too much prognostication: 2017 might just well be a stinker. Out of 62 Rosés that I’ve tried from the 2017 vintage I have, willingly, brought 7 into the store. The worst offenders - those that didn’t make the cut - were dilute, diffuse, and just downright boring. Worse of all; in the past I might just have stuck to my old ways and made blanket statements of love, above all, for a producer and bought the wine from 2017 that missed the mark but even some of my truly tried and truly true Rosé producers just fell flat in 2017. So 7 … just 7 so far.
But the seven that I brought in have all exceeded my expectations. I have mentioned two of the 7 Rosés in our past emails (Subscribe Here) so I'll introduce the other 5 below.
A Tribute to Grace Rose 2017
This is by far the best Rosé I’ve ever tasted from the producer. This wine is normally extremely tasty, but this time there was a certain crispness and cleanness that could not be ignored.
Matthiasson Rose 2017
Julien Braud 'Forty Ounce' Rose 2017
Luigi Giordano Vino Rosato 2017
A Nebbiolo Rosé from the stunning Giordano Estate. This wine is delicate with floral and citrus notes. There's a certain freshness to this wine that really took me by surprise. This producer always does a good job of balancing the acidity in their wines, but the balance of this vintage goes above and beyond.
Soter Vineyards North Valley Origin Rose 2017