The Best Temecula Rosé Wines That are Not Sweet
Happy National rosé day! Today we officially start the beginning of summer by introducing you to some of my favorite Temecula Wine Country rosés! Since last harvest, I've had the pleasure of trying the new vintages of Temecula rosé and I have compiled a list of my favorite rosés in Temecula, currently available for purchase. For the purposes of this article, I'll be only writing about the dry fruity rosés in town. A follow up article will be completed on sweet rosé wines in Temecula in the near future. All of these wines are a round up of my current favorites and in no particular order, but I think you can figure out which two are my go to's.
2017 Grenache Noir rosé – R/S: (Available to Wine Club Members only)
The Grenache rosé was harvested on September 29, 2017 by Carter Estate and South Coast Winery. The wine was made by winemakers Jon McPherson and Javier Flores with the intension of producing a drier rosé style wine. This rosé resembles wines from the southern Rhone Valley, light, fresh with bright intense aromas. This wine had a soft pink color with ballerina hues. Delicate notes of strawberry on the nose with a hint of cotton candy. The palate was rounded with candied berry flavors and a touch of citrus blossom leading an elegant soft finish. I had the pleasure of sharing this wine with my French cousins and right after trying this wine they compared it to Minuty from the south of France. They said this rose reminded them of summers in south of France! We all agreed this was our favorite. Light, soft, refreshing and easy to drink!
2017- Tempranillo Rosé –R/S: 0.5
The Tempranillo rosé was harvested on September 11, 2017 with 800 cases produced. This wine was produced from two blocks that are part of a deficit irrigation study in conjunction with Rancho Water District and UC Davis extension service. Two types of Tempranillo grapes were used on this rosé, the Tinto Roiz and Valdepena clones. This rosé was also super delicious, but with more structure with true berry characters. Intense aromas of strawberries and other red berries dominated the glass with a slight hint of Orange blossom. Pleasant flavors of sweet red fruit and bright acidity brings this wine to a balanced and fruity dry finish.
Hart Family Winery was one of the first wineries in Temecula and sits at the entrance of Wine Country. It’s a small artisan winery that’s family ran by owner Joe Hart and his son, lead winemaker Jim Hart. Their 2017 Sangiovese rosé is 100 estate grown and priced at $22. Their rosé was enjoyable, as it was clean, dry and fruity on the nose and palate. Nothing sweet about this wine! This rosé had a maraschino cherry jar appearance with braided aromas of wild strawberries and red cherries. Bright acidity and a slight touch of spice balanced the flavors together for a nice lingering crisp finish.
Akash Winery was named after the owner Akash. The name Akash means, “Sky”, which is where the quote, “The sky’s the limit” was inspired by. Officially opening this summer, Akash Winery offers a reservation only wine tasting experience with appointments made on yelp or by calling the winery. Akash Winery is currently offering seven wines, with their Zinfandel rosé being one of them. The 2017 Parlez-Vous Rosé wine is also one of my favorite rosés in the valley and I can’t get enough of it. The brightful candied apple appearance matches the aromas on this Zinfandel rosé. The fruity nose is so precise with a strawberry/ watermelon jolly rancher flavor. A slight delicate scent of floral also hugs the glass bringing in a harmonious fruitful bouquet. On the palate, this truly tasted like a watermelon jolly rancher that was slightly coated with strawberry flavor. A touch of earthiness develops on the finish, followed by lively acidity. This is a must try!
Lorenzi Winery is a small boutique winery producing primarily red wines, several sparkling wines, a white and one rosé. this winery is located "off the beaten path" on Monte de Oro road and offering relaxing and serene views of the valley. Lorenzi Estate original goal was to produce a rosé for red wine drinkers. Their 2017 "M" rose is s true expression of that goal. A blend of Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot, harmonizing a wild salmon color! Refreshing earthy notes of strawberry rhubarb on the nose, intense fruity flavors with a lingering soft and dry finish. This wine was intense with minimal skin contact and cold fermented.
2017 Lyric Rose $29 : Almost sold out!
Robert Renzoni Winery and Vineyards is a Tuscan dream in Temecula Valley. The 2017 Lyric Rose wine is a rosé that was named after the first daughter born into the Renzoni family in 70 years. Robert Renzoni’s daughter is named Lyric Rose and named after his grandmother, which is why this rosé was named Lyric Rose. This bottle was also a tribute to the Renzoni women and his family. Winemaker, Olivia Blue, created a delicious and refreshing 100% estate Syrah rosé. A pale salmon hue, reflecting a delicate light appearance introduces you to the softness of the wine. Stone fruit, orange peel and floral aromas cover both the nose and the palate. A nice crisp beginning follows a light nuance of tropical fruits and a soft mineral fruity finish. Elegant and a nice dry structure!
Bolero Cellars is one of three wineries that will be in the Europa Village when completed. Their 2016 Garnacha rosé was a little more on the fruity side with a touch of sweetness. I'm mentioning this wine because some of you might find it fruity rather than sweet. However, for those of you with more sensitive palate, will find this wine sweet. A beautiful watermelon color in appearance and on the nose with a touch of stone fruit. A juicy red berry and sweet honeysuckle flavor cover the palate with a fruity lingering soft finish.
There's so many rosé wines being produced and I haven't had the chance to try them all. These are a few of my favorite local wineries producing drier rosés. However, I'll be writing about the sweeter rosés of Temecula in the coming weeks! Thank you for reading and I hope you get a chance to try some of these rosés! Do you have other favorite rosés that I didn't mention????
******** Samples were provided by each individual winery and Temecula Wine Growers Association.