Monday, April 25, 2016

Bonny Doon 2015 Proper Pink Rosé, California

DSCF3519The calendar pages have flipped to spring. That means it is time for rosé, that delightfully pink wine that pairs perfectly with food.

What Exactly Is Rosé?

The coming of spring means blooming of daffodils and also the appearance of rosé on your wine shop shelves. Rosé has soared in popularity in recent years as wine lovers discover the new style of artfully crafted dry pink wines.

In the normal winemaking process for red wine, the juice remains in contact with the grapes during fermentation. For rosé, the juice is drained from the skins after two to three days and is then fermented in another vessel. The brief skin contact gives the wine its pink color and also means that the wine doesn’t have the body and character of red wines. They are light-bodied and usually lower in alcohol.

Bonny Doon’s Playful Rosé

Randall Grahm 014[7]Bonny Doon founder Randall Grahm is a wine icon. His winery in Santa Cruz produces European style wines that express a sense of place. The Proper Pink is his playful take on rosé.

According to Bonny Doon, the modern term for a proper red wine. derives from the French word, “clairet,” or light, “clear” wine, designating a certain style of darkish pink wine much favored in the Middle Ages. The Playful Pink fills the bill.

In the glass, this is a deeper color than most rosé. Instead of the melon color of a rosé from Provence, it has a red currant color. While Cabernet Franc is not unusual for rosé, Tannat is not as common. Tannat is a bold grape that is heavy on the tannins.

Is It Proper In The Glass?

We enjoyed this wine at a family dinner for Easter. The wine was chilled and then allowed to warm slightly so we could enjoy the full range of flavor.

This is a heartier style of rosé if there is such a thing. The wine is full-bodied, which is a surprise for a rosé. There are flavor notes of cherry and watermelon.

Proper Pink works very well as a food wine, but doesn’t completely hit the mark for those seeking a chilled hot weather sipper. It’s worth a twist of the cap for $16, especially if you are adventurous.

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