Thank you Jackson Family Wines for my birthday bottles!
PHOTO: Rose wines from the Jackson Family Wine collection (c) Sery Kim
It's always nice to come back to a trip with gifts from individuals who are thinking about you, particularly when its wines. The Jackson Family Wine group sent me over a sampler of their latest roses from the vineyards of Cambria, Kendall Jackson, Barrymore (as in Drew Barrymore) and La Crema.
So I don't know a lot about these wineries and these kinds of wines so I am copying and pasting some quotes below about these bottles, along with prices. Also, it is suggested from Cambria Estate Vineyard & Winery to pair the Rosé with "rich, cheesy dishes such as gruyere grilled cheese or a variety of seafood, including crab, shrimp and salmon. It also pairs well with grilled pork and chicken or creamy risotto."
“We really explored the best sites and clones for a Monterey Rosé, and this one is a fresh, crisp, easy-to-drink wine. It’s distinctive for its mandarin citrus characteristics, as well as its flinty, mineral notes.” - Craig McAllister, Head Winemaker
“This wine was direct to press, and the result is a translucent pink coral. It features bright citrus – pomelo especially – and wild strawberries, watermelon rind and white floral elements.” - Randy Ullom, Winemaster
“A blend of eight Pinot Noir clones, this wine features a bit of body, with strong notes of strawberry, tart raspberries and a bit of tangerine. It’s a true dry Rosé that’s balanced and reflects the characters of Pinot Noir in the Santa Maria Valley.” - Denise Shurtleff, Winemaker
“My goal was really to preserve the delicate fruit flavors and to create a very fresh style wine with beautiful aromatics, but still complex. This is a lighter Rosé that was fermented low and slow in all stainless steel to showcase notes of mixed berries with hints of watermelon.” - Kris Kato, Winemaker
I am going to save these bottles for my big birthday bash in two weeks, but I will be sure to report back as to what I think -- or if I end up drinking a bottle before then!