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As the sun climbs higher and higher, we continue our Month of Rosé with the latest take of a yearly offering from Chateau Tumbleweed; as you recall, I reviewed the previous vintage not too long ago. The 2016 Rosé breaks with the largely single-varietal tradition previously practiced by this gang of self-proclaimed wine nerds, as we discussed in my previous entry… so we need to take a closer look.

2016 Rosé

The 2016 Rosé from Chateau Tumbleweed in all of its geeky glory.

The Wine: The most popular method of making a rosé in Provence, France (arguably the heartland of rosé in the world) is what is known as the direct press method. The fine folks at Chateau Tumbleweed chose this method to create their 2016 vintage, which is made of 45% Barbera (from Dragoon Mountain Vineyard), 35% Tempranillo (from Cimmaron Vineyards), and 25% Mourvedre (from Pillsbury Vineyards), all from the Willcox AVA. The wine, after the aforementioned direct press, underwent fermentation at 55 Degrees in stainless steel. There is less than .10 percent residual sugar in this vintage.  It was aged in steel for 7 months. The color, despite being a direct press, is more reminiscent of the shade I tend to associate with Spanish Rosatos, rather than its French cousins; a rich, deep orange-pink color that is deeper and more vibrant than salmon. The winemaker was Joe Bechard.

The Nose:  This 2016 rosé opens with intense notes of Strawberry, rhubarb, rosehips, creosote, and sage, with hints of tarragon and unripe plums as the wine opens up in the glass… assuming you let it sit that long.

The Palate: This wine is pretty juicy, with an intense, thirst-quenching acidity, and tastes remarkably like a strawberry rhubarb pie; notes of strawberries, rhubarbs, and baking spices are all present in this wine, along with peach and limestone. The finish of this wine lasts for 56 seconds, with notes of limestone, strawberries, and a little bit of thyme.

The Pairing: Peppermint mint patties or Klondike bars strike me as a good pairing for the 2016 rosé wine on a hot summer day, but if you want something more substantial, hot dogs (meat or otherwise) off the grill on a bun strike me as a pretty good companion to this wine.  But this wine definitely also qualifies as a porch-pounder.

Impressions: The 2016 Rosé is another great offering from Chateau Tumbleweed. The unique taste profile combined with a gripping acidity means this that is going to be a great wine for the summer.

The homey, comforting Strawberry Rhubarb pie flavor makes me think of your cool hipster aunt who owns a bakery and always sends you a little something special for your birthday.