Summer is apparently having its revenge in the last few weeks it will be around, as it's just been incredibly hot and humid this week. I sure am glad I had the foresight to bring back ample bottles of nice Washington rose wine to help combat the heat! Tonight I have opened a bottle of 2014 "The Vincent" Columbia Valley Rose wine from Mark Ryan Winery's Board Track Racer label. Back in 2013, I reviewed the 2012 vintage which you can see here: Link, so let's see how this one stacks up!
The color strikes me as a bit more orange-pink, but quite deep and vibrant. I don't have the technical specifications, but my sense is that this one is still a GSM blend, but likely with a bit more emphasis on the Syrah. The nose presents lovely, earthy aromas of cut grass and iron, intermingled with some floral and citrus notes. The taste is a vibrant rush of strawberry, grapefruit and lime that eases into some nice mineral notes midpalate. The finish is just bone dry, a perfect summer refresher for my palate!
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, the flavor is all there and the structure is very pleasant, and to top it off, this was a terrific value at about $15! Tonight I am enjoying this wine with some maple glazed wild Alaskan Coho on a bed of baby kale and arugula, some steamed wild rice and green beans, a perfect summer dinner. Cheers!