By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief,
We'll start the Long Island portion of this month-long reviewathon with Martha Clara Vineyards 2009 Five-O Rose ($18), which hasn't been released yet and may not be until the summer. Actually it hasn't been bottled yet, but I was able to procure a tank sample to taste.
(Note: I don't feel comfortable giving scores to wines still in tank or barrel, so no score below).
A "kitchen sink" rose, it's made using 42% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot, 7% cabernet franc, 6% syrah, 5% pinot noir, 4% malbec and 3% petit verdot, and they come together to make something pretty unique.
Marked by juicy watermelon and red berry aromas the nose also shows a sprinkling of black pepper and earthy dried leaves.
Plump on the palate, it fruity -- definitely more watermelon and red berry fruit -- with subtle pepper and earthiness. But there are also layers of sweet tangerine and melon rind here too. The acid balance is good, but not great.
I look forward to tasting this again once it's bottled. I'd really like to try it with some barbecued chicken or something else right off the grill.
Producer: Martha Clara Vineyards
Case Production: Around 625