Strawberry pinched cheeks blush, young and fresh in the nose like an 8th grader aspiring to greatness, naive and trying not to be feisty, bringing to the prom an awkward elegance, an irreverent fruit, sultry perfume, fledgling acid, tom-boy brier and nubile balance far outside your traditional rosé. Smells like Napa. Tastes like Napa.
The conversation of White Merlot came up and I set out to find the most sophisticated example. This saignée Merlot/Cab tells me I might have found it. Fruity, bright, and beautiful, this is the first pink wine from Yao Family Wines second-label.
2016 NAPA CREST Rosé Napa Valley 13.6