Well now that I've completed all my posts about my fabulous Walla Walla road trip, we will be treated with reviews of the many great wines I brought back from the trip! First up, as summer seems to be winding down much faster than I'd prefer, I thought I'd enjoy a bottle of rose, particularly since this hot and humid summer has really been the "Summer of Rose!" Tonight I've opened a bottle of 2014 DaMa Wines Rose of Cabernet Franc that I picked up in the tasting room a week or so ago.
The color on this wine is exceedingly pale, a quick glance and you might actually mistake it for a white wine, but rest assured it's all rose. The nose presents lovely aromas of strawberries, honeydew and crisp citrus notes, ideal for a summer on the patio. The taste is a rush of floral, melon and citrus, that takes a bit of a break for some nice mineral notes midpalate. Surprisingly, the finish recounts some lovely sweet strawberry notes that cap off this beautiful glass of summer.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 7.5, simply because it's not quite as dry as I prefer, particularly on the finish. Tonight I am enjoying this with a classic Pacific Northwest dinner of wild Alaskan Coho salmon filet grilled on a northern white cedar plank, with some steamed wild rice and fresh picked green beans. The fruit and acidity of this wine make it a perfect foil to the richness of the salmon, and I have to mention that white cedar imparts very different flavors to the fish than your normal red cedar, which go perfectly with this wine! Cheers!