The California Central Coast produces many fine wines, but they are not well known outside our area. We asked local wine experts for recommendations for "wine value picks" that were food friendly, Red or White (or Rosé) and under $ 18.00 a bottle. In this review we look at Vina Robles 2007 Roseum.
Vina Robles 2007 Roseum
The Vina Robles 2007 Roseum, "Dark coral in color, this wine has a fresh and aromatic bouquet of raspberries and white cherries with floral and white pepper accents. with a clean dry finish. "Paring suggestions: Asian salad, crab meat, or simple chicken dishes."
Roseum is a classic Rhone blend of mostly Grenache as a backbone for the wine, with Syrah, Mouvèdre, and Viognier to fill it out ..
Rosé Wines, what are they?
Most Americans are confused by Rose wines. Typically our first experience with a Rose wine is a "White Zinfandel" or a Portuguese "frizzanté rosé like Mateus, both medium sweet wines. Roosé is a not grape type, but a style of wine making.
The color of wine grapes is almost exclusively in the skin, the grape juice itself is mostly clear. For that matter, a lot of the complex flavors of the grapes are in the skins. For maximum extraction of the flavor and color of the grape, red wines go through a preliminary step called "Maceration" where the skins of the grapes are kept in contact with the juice to extract color (anthocyanins), phenols and flavor agents. A rosé wine starts as a red wine, but the maceration period is shortened. The result is a wine with a range of characteristics from red to white, depending upon the length of maceration. Typically the goal is to create a wine lower in tannins, while retaining some of the flavor characteristics of its full red counter part.
Rhone blends Background
Grenache, Syrah, Mouvèdre, and Viognier are four of the classic grapes from the Rhone region of France. In the Rhone region, Grenache is the most broadly planted varietal, but is usually blended with other fruit (as is the case here) to give it more structure in the final wine.
Roseum is a classic Rhone blend of predominately Grenache as a backbone for the wine, with Syrah, Mouvèdre, and Viognier to fill it out. The wine was aged in a stainless steel tank and had no oak, making the wine more "seafood" friendly in our opinion.
- The appearance of the wine was an attractive deep blush color, more like the color of fresh raspberries than coral in our opinion. The color was transparent, clean, and the wine sparkled in our glasses as we swirled the wine. The wine covered the glass nicely indicating some fundamentalness in the structure.
- The classic fruity berry aroma was pronounced, but also a little bit of citrus we thought.
- The taste of the wine was dry, nice sparkling acid, with a little but not pronounced tannin. The alcohol was subdued and balanced with the rest of the flavors. The overall impression was of a light mouthful.
- The finish was light and dry, and lingered long enough to get a full sense of the wine.
This wine will pair well with lightly seasoned shellfish and seafood. The acidity level makes it a good selection for simple but classic butter-caper sauces like Sole Meuniere, but it has enough zest to pair with a more robust dish like Shrimp sauteed with Mediterranean spices.