Mar 26, 2012

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New Release: 2011 Folin Cellars Grenache Rosé

Although there are still remnants of the unexpected Spring snowfall that fell on the Willamette Valley almost a week ago, the sun is out and the temperature is on the rise. Spring and Summer will undoubtedly make its way into the rolling hills that surround this valley of mine, so there’s no better time than now to start sampling the wines that I’ll be popping the corks on come warmer weather.

Folin Cellars, located in Oregon’s Rogue Valley, recently released a delicious Grenache Rosé that, at first sip, conjured up images of summer afternoons spent relaxing on the patio. Describing this outstanding wine was best done by a colleague and friend, Michael Bailey, who appreciates a good wine as much as I do:

“Lets talk Rose’ or rosado, if you will. Rose’ is misunderstood and sadly often thought of as sweet, perhaps because it’s pink. A dry Rose’ is a treat for the senses. The Folin Vineyards Grenache Rose is beauty in a bottle. With whispers of red fruit and earth tones, a definite match for breads and cheeses. Perfectly balanced fruit and acidity. Ampelographers, this is for you – Sardinia, Cannonau, Granacha, Grenache is the second most planted grape on the planet, and because of its personality, it cannot be planted for machine pickers. Folin Cellars Grenache Rosé is dry farmed. Chill and serve.”

With only 60 cases produced, you’ll want to grab this one when you see it on the shelf, it’ll be gone before you know it, and it’s well worth getting to know it before it’s gone.