Listening to the late great Bill Withers and doing the final QC check on the new (by our standards) 2018 Rosé Paradiso.
We are not new to Rosé, I’ve been involved in making them since 1983 and the first vintage for our winery was in 2000. Since the very first Rosé Paradiso it has been a slow, barrel-fermented and barrel-aged style. I think we are the slowest Rosé producer in North America. Most wineries in the world go from grape to glass in less than six months. So most wineries have already released their 2019 wines. Ours stays in barrel for 10 to 11 months before being prepped for bottling in August or September. Then it gets many months in a cool dark room to evolve in the bottle.
So what’s the 2018 like? Well, in our house style! A bit more acidity than the 2017, but similar profile. I don’t know which I prefer, I assume the dish would make the difference. We will test drive it with some ham tonight. It was lovely with a grilled Rainbow Trout a couple of days ago.
If you are new to our Rosé, it is not sweet, no residual sugar. It’s rounded and smoothed by the barrel process. It’s not “oaky.” The barrels are 20-30 years old and don’t infuse woody aromas. Lots of different fruit flavors, nine grape varieties were used in this blend.
We never release a wine until we think it is drinking well. We know most folks don’t have a cave and are going to drink it within a couple of weeks if not days. If you do lose track of it for a year or two it should still be delicious. The 2014 was wonderful a month ago.
Ham, grilled and smoked trout, salmon, chicken, or turkey, many mushroom dishes, my favorite with Brie. We drink a lot of Rosé Paradiso, it’s a rare week we don’t have a bottle with dinner. All seasons, it’s not wimpy wine to drink cold on a hot day. We can attest it’s great with smoked salmon while watching a blizzard drift four feet of snow in the driveway! We recommend 60°F to get all the flavors and richness. Our chickens and turkeys are fabulous birds and deserve a proper apple wood fire and a proper Rosé.
Vineyard del Sol at Paradisos del Sol