Officially, summer is over. But the weather would seem to disagree with that sentiment. So we are trying to enjoy every last second of this lingering summer by sitting on the porch and enjoying some bright, refreshing Rosé from Sheldrake Point Winery.
Sheldrake Point’s Rosé was the first Rosé I ever had that wasn’t a White Zinfandel (you know, that pink sweet wine that tastes like grapes and often comes in a box format). It was the first wine that made me reconsider Rosé as a category, and it caused me to explore this type of wine more broadly. It’s actually hard to imagine that there was a time in the Finger Lakes, not that long ago, when Rosé wine was fairly elusive and often sweet. Now, you can buy dry pink wine everywhere!
Sheldrake Point Winery has been making dry Rosé continuously since they opened in 1997- something no other Finger Lakes winery can claim, so it’s an important landmark wine for our region. For me personally, it opened a gateway to a whole new color of wine.
With its bright cherry, strawberry and watermelon notes, Rosé is often seen as a summer wine for those moments when its too hot for red but you still want it. Kyle Pallischeck, Marketing and Sales Manager at Sheldrake Point, argues instead that Rosé is great all year round, and suggests trying it as a winter wine with chili and other savory foods (something I’m totally going to test once the weather turns).
Rosé is my transitional wine, its what I want in the Spring and the Fall. So here I am, enjoying a bright citrusy and berry Rosé on the last few days of summer, watching the leaves change in 90 degree weather.
See: Pink-orange coloring, clear
Smell: Bright strawberry and cherry, hints of citrus peel and cherry blossom.
Sip: There is a minerality that continues from smell to sip, with slightly the fruit notes becoming a little more dehydrated (in a good way), with a silky mouthfeel and nice bright acidity.
Winery: Sheldrake Point
Region/Sub-Region: Finger Lakes/Cayuga Lake
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Franc