Palmer Vineyards 2013 Rosé of Merlot

Palmer Vineyards Rose of MerlotA September 2014 Hamptons Wine Club Selection

We’ll admit it … we are crazy about rosé.  One of our favorite memories of a recent trip to southern France is walking into a Carrefour grocery store and seeing an entire aisle in the wine section with hundreds of rosés.  But we digress.  The 2013 Rosé of Merlot from Palmer Vineyards would have easily held its own on those shelves.

Rosés come in a variety of hues from a deep pink to almost white.  This Palmer rosé falls on the lighter side – it is salmon or light pink.  On the nose we were able to detect orange blossoms, tart strawberries and even a hint of graham crackers.

As you would expect the taste was light and bright.  There were no noticeable tannins.  It started a little sweet on the front of the tongue and then became a little astringent or tart as some of the acid kicked in.  We thought there were notes of apple and citrus on the palate with a finish of toasted marshmallow.  Don’t be afraid to let this wine sit for a while before you drink it.  It opens up nicely after it has had a chance to breathe.

The wine is made from 100% merlot grapes.  Overall this is a classic light rose.  We are looking forward to having more next year while relaxing on our deck with friends, pretending we are back in France.

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