Peller Estates 2007 Private Reserve Rosé
The popularity of rosés this summer was unprecedented, even in the days when white Zinfandel was a popular drink, they never saw the upswing that rosé is seeing today. Winemakers all over the world are taking Rosé very seriously. I was at a tasting where a French rosé from Provence was both ageable and priced for a whopping $100 – now that’s taking this wine seriously. Peller takes their rosé seriously too, but they still know how to have a little fun. Winemaker Lawrence Buhler made this one a bright pink (almost neon) in colour – which gives it that lively fun aspect, but from there he went all serious. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, this neon wine has a candied red fruit nose that seems to be predominantly raspberry; but that’s where the sweetness stops, apple, raspberry, strawberry through the mouth with a dry strawberry and tart green apple finish. As we close out summer 2008, this is a great wine to bring back summer, if only for the time it takes to finish the bottle. Price: $16.95
Niagara Peninsula
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