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- Written by Fred Swan
- Friday, 02 August 2013 18:35
Last week I took a wine tour group to Tres Sabores in Rutherford. The weather was very warm but with a refreshing breeze. The sky was blue, the vista clear and gorgeous. First in our glasses was a wine perfect for the day. Tres Sabores' Ingrid and Julia rosé was cold and cotton candy pink. While low in alcohol and essentially bone-dry, the fruit was ripe and succulent. I couldn’t resist buying a couple of bottles for myself before leaving.
Wineries produce rosé from all types of red wine grapes: Pinot Noir, Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, etc. Individual wines vary in quality but there’s only one red grape whose rosé is dissed by discriminating drinkers without first being tasted—Zinfandel. Thanks to the mass-market popularity of simple and cloying White Zinfandel, blushing Zins are considered an embarrassment to fine wine. Now though, excellent producers of traditional Zinfandel, including Turley, are showing that pale Zinfandel can be dry and sophisticated.
Tres Sabores doesn’t make a big deal about the Zinfandel in Ingrid and Julia. They don’t even mention it on the bottle. You can’t blame them. I’ve let the cat out of the bag now, but don’t let that bias you against the wine.
Light pink in a frosty glass, Ingrid and Julia smells of fresh strawberry and peach with peppery spice and an undertone of dry herb. It’s medium-bodied, viscous and juicy in the mouth with flavors of tart red berries, creamy peach and spice. At just 12.4% alcohol, the 2012 Tres Sabores Rosé “Ingrid and Julia” is a guilt-free refresher served well-chilled on the patio or with a light summer lunch. Drink now through 2014. Recommended.
2012 Tres Sabores Rosé “Ingrid and Julia” Napa Valley
Drink: now through 2014
Retail Price: $22.00
Winemaker: Julie Johnson
Blend: Zinfandel and perhaps a bit of Petite Sirah
Origin: Tres Sabores estate vineyard, Rutherford and a vineyard in Calistoga
Decanting: Not recommended
Temperature: 40º - 50º F
Food Pairings: Picnic fare
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The review above reflects my personal experience with the product. It is not a paid ad, nor do I accept ads or compensation for reviews from wine producers. Reviews may cover products that I have purchased, received as samples, or tried under other circumstances I consider to be good tasting conditions. Receiving a product as a sample does not obligate me to review it positively (or at all) and I do not consider samples to be compensation or “free wine.” I have purchased plenty of wine over the years and have more of that than I can drink. Samples are opened for review purposes, not added to my personal cellar or taken to restaurants.
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