Thursday, May 24, 2007

Rose' Season Part 2- and of course,Tempranillo

Well we are well into the season here in California- nice weather! I am running into the notion that Rose' needs to be very young. If it is not 2006 vintage, then it must be too old.

Most of my customers are asking for 2006 vintage, but I have to say that the 2005's, my own included, is tasting absolutely incredible. Part of this may be due to the use of certain varietals that can stand the test of time. I say this as it seems that Rose' made from Pinot seems to tire and turn orange, whereas Grenache, Syrah, and Tempranillo don't. In my opinion some of these even get better! Look at some of the vintages of French Rose' out on the shelves- not many 2006.

And even with all of the press that Rose' seems to be getting, it is still a tough sell. It is too sweet, too dry, only good when it is hot out- still some rough bumps before acceptance of one of the most versatile wine types out there.

So a little plug- I have an incredible 2005 Rose' still for sale( I have had to release the 2006 and I hope that this time next year I will have a 2007- the verdict is still out on whether it makes sense to continue making what I feel is a great deal for this versatile, yummy wine.

I am a glutton for punishment, I make Tempranillo, which is also a hard sell. But I can feel the excitement that is being generated by those that are looking for something different. The 'tipping point' is coming, I know it. Then again, you need to know that I am the 'eternal optimist'.......................untill next week, cheers to good food, good wine and good friends- the Mustang Winemaker


bacchus said...

Such a cool blog and especially from a person that has been in the biz for so long. As most enthusiasts I go in phases where I love a certain type of wine then other months out of the year I can't stand them. Like a few months back I went on a Chardonnay binge! I know, wierd huh... Well as for rose I seem to be enjoying them at the moment. Especially nice and chilled because I live in Phoenix and it's hot as hell! Etude makes a fantastic rose that I had not too long ago and some French rose's from Bandol and Provenance have been very refreshing as well as complex. Hope to stop by your blog again and hope you can visit me at mine! Cheers!

The Mustang Winemaker said...

Thank you for visiting- where is your blog?
I definitely have my favorites, more so than 'phases'. I think it is unfortunate that varietals have their ups and downs depending on what is cool to drink or say you are drinking. So much good wine, and not enough time to try them all!
I hope to have my Rose in the Wine Styles shops in Phoenix and Peoria end of June-would love to hear your comments if you find it.
I look forward to hearing from you again.

Kathleen said...

Have you seen any increased interest in Rose since the Rose edition of the Wine Spectator?
Albany, NY

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The Mustang Winemaker said...

I have heard that sales are up, but not necessarily because of the Wine Spectator article. For individual wineries I am seeing that there is more competition, hence fewer sales in that respect. Kind of a 'catch-22'- good press, but then everyone jumps on the bandwagon, like the Pinot Noir craze.

It is great to see that it may be taken as a 'serious' wine that goes with such a variety of foods, it's fun, it's pretty.

I think I will go have a glass myself!

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