Wine of the Week: 2012 Ravines Pinot Rosé
Region: Finger Lakes, New York
This week’s wine is the delicious 2012 Ravines Pinot Rosé, a dry rosé from the Finger Lakes area of Upstate New York. Crisp and refreshing, it is absolutely brimming with vibrant red berry flavors. The term ‘summer in a glass' immediately comes to mind with this wine – somewhat serendipitous, given that ‘Summer in a Glass’ is actually the name of a book about the coming of age of winemaking ion the Finger Lakes, written by Evan Dawson.
This Ravines dry Pinot Noir rosé has a deep pink color. The nose is intense and very fruity with aromas of candied strawberry, cherry, raspberry and watermelon all popping from the glass. The same lively tutti-frutti, red berry cocktail of flavors follows through on the palate, mingling with notes of orange citrus and banana cream. A racy spine of acidity makes for a very refreshing wine. It has a zesty juicy mouth feel and a lively finish. Overall, this is a delightful easy-drinking summer rosé.
At the table: This 2012 Ravines Pinot Rosé is a perfect summer sipper – for your next picnic or lazy garden lunch. It is fruity enough to enjoy on its own or serve with light summer fare such as a Salade Niçoise, quiche, or a plate of salt and pepper crispy calamari.
About Ravines, the Finger Lakes and this 2012 Dry Pinot Rosé: Ravines Wine Cellars is a small boutique winery, which was established by Morten and Lisa Hallgren in 2000. It is situated on the eastern slopes of Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes wine region. Morten, who is Danish by birth, was raised in Provence, France, where his parents moved to make wine. Morten went on to study oenology and spent his first harvest at Cos d’Estournel, the famous 2nd Growth property in Bordeaux. Before establishing Ravines with his wife Lisa, Morten also worked for the legendary Dr. Konstantin Frank.
The Finger Lakes is an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in upstate New York. It is located south of Lake Ontario and includes eleven glacial lakes, the most well-known being Cayuga, Seneca and Keuka. It is a cool climate region, with cold harsh winters. Riesling is the signature grape variety but increasingly producers are being successful with other Vitis Vinifera varieties such as Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay and Cabernet.
Ravines Pinot Rosé is made from 100% Pinot Noir.
(Image: Mary Gorman-McAdams)