This wine, the Croteaux Vineyards 2007 Merlot "181 Clone" Rose ($18) is the lightest and most delicate of the lot. Made from the 181 clone, from Pomerol, it was fermented entirely in stainless steel and is a pretty pale salmon-orange.
The nose is light and fruity, with peach aromas dominating and a bit of strawberry. Similar fruit carries over to a light-bodied palate that also features nice, thirst-quenching acidity. It's surprisingly light on flavor, however. Even at room temperature, I was l was left wanting a bit more flavor intensity. Still, it's refreshing and would be good on a hot summer day.
As it warmed just a bit over the course of an evening a bit of alcohol heat on the finish emerged, even though it's only 12.5% abv.
Grape(s): 100% merlot
Producer: Croteaux Vineyards
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
Rating: (2 out of 5 | Average)