Thursday, July 14, 2016

Angels & Cowboys 2015 Rosé, Sonoma County

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Dig rosé but prefer American wines? Try this rosé blend from Sonoma, pardner.

An Artistic Partnership

Angels & Cowboys is a collaboration between the co-founders of Cannonball Wine Company, Yoav Gilat and Dennis Hill, and northern California graphic artist Michael Schwab.

From the onset, this wine is a thing of beauty. The label is stylish and perfectly matches the hue of the wine.

You can see I had to race my wife and daughter to get the last glass from this bottle.

From Sonoma With Love

Angels & Cowboys uses the traditional Provence method of rosé production. The grapes are harvested at just the right time to preserve the youthfulness of the fruit. The grapes are lightly crushed and left to macerate in contact with the skins. When the juice achieves the proper color it is pressed off and then undergoes a long cool fermentation.

Although French in spirit, the grapes are a blend of Grenache, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Grenache Blanc from Sonoma County. They are sourced from the Carneros, Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley AVAs.

What makes Angels & Cowboys a hit is the combination of eye-pleasing color with the dreamy flavor. The color is a soft pink. It has an aroma of fresh melon and minerality. On the palate there is plentiful strawberry and a touch of citrus. The texture is smooth with a slight acidity.

At about $15, we recommend buying multiple bottles for those sultry summer days. This will pair famously with salmon, chicken or vegetable dishes.

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