Rose & Thistle Rosé
I’m always on the lookout for new, exciting rosés to share, so I was incredibly flattered when Rose & Thistle, a small-production vineyard from Napa, sent me a sampler of their rosé lineup.
Rated 91 points by Wine Enthusiast, their 2015 rosé is unique, medium-bodied, and surprisingly complex. Despite the deeper hue (which sometimes translates to sweet,) they’ve managed to produce a rosé that is simultaneously dry but weighty, silky but with a bright citrus finish. It’s composed of over 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, lending a fullness and complexity you simply don’t find with most rosés. And while I typically gravitate towards the lighter, paler Provençal varieties, I loved trying something new and exciting - every sip felt different, like I was discovering an entirely new kind of rosé. I feel like it would pair perfectly with a summer BBQ.
Rose & Thistle was created by brother-and-sister duo Laura and Blake Bachman. The team practices organic, biodynamic farming as well as the traditional technique of bâtonnage - stirring sediment back into the wine for a rounder, fuller palate. And while I adore French wine, I also love to buy local. I remember before the #roséallday craze when it was difficult to find decent, worthy rosés outside French exports - it’s wonderful to see California winemakers creating their own renditions of Provençal rosés.
I've only tried the 2015 release so far, looking forward to seeing what the other two have in store !
Rose & Thistle wines can be purchased on their website, the 2015 release is $28.