2012 Etude Pinot Noir Rosé

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Wine of the Week: 2012 Etude Pinot Noir Rosé
Region & Country: Carneros, California
Price: $25

Summer may be officially over, but the rosé wine season is still with us – at least in my book. This 2012 Etude Pinot Noir Rosé is not just for summer sipping. In fact its more full body and roundness makes it ideal for autumn fare and merits its higher price tag.

We enjoyed this wine last week. I was especially struck by its depth of flavor and firm structure. Pale salmon in color, the nose is the first signal that this is a rosé with a difference — a well-defined potpourri of dried strawberry, Bing cherry, cranberry, tangy and slightly smoky tangerine peel and subtle nuances of spice and savoriness. Wonderfully dry on the palate, with a good spine of refreshing acidity to anchor and focus the bold flavors, which mirror the nose, with a little more savoriness on the moderately long finish.

At the table: This rosé was made for the table, where it will work with plenty of dishes. Simple grilled fish or even steak. It would work really well with Emily’s recent recipe for Polenta Tart with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes as well as Faith’s Mini Lamb Burgers on Roasted Potato Rounds.

About Etude and this 2012 Rosé of Pinot Noir: Etude Wines, located in Carneros, the famed AVA that straddles Napa and Sonoma counties, was founded 25 years ago, on the philosophy that great wine is made in the vineyard, not the winery. Etude is a Napa Green Certified Winery.

The grapes for this delicious rosé are all from Etude’s estate vineyards – notably the Grace Benoist Ranch. Handpicked at night to retain acidity, the grapes were whole cluster pressed for finesse, then fermented and aged in old oak barrel before bottling, to create a more structure driven style of rosé.

(Image: Etude Wines)

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Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW (Master of Wine), is a New York based wine educator, freelance writer and consultant. In 2012 she was honored as a Dame Chevalier de L'Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.

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