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I forgot we reached an important milestone on The Arizona Wine Monk blog recently, where we passed 300 different reviews of different Arizona wines. I think this says a lot about the vibrancy of the state of our industry, where I can record 300 different vintages and not come close to exhausting the potential of the wines here in this state. Here’s hoping for another 300! To celebrate, here’s another Barbera that didn’t make it into the Barbera Podcast I recorded New Year’s Eve due to lack of time: the 2015 Rosé from Chateau Tumbleweed.
The Wine: Arriving at the winery at 23.1 Brix, the grapes that went into the 2015 Rosé are 100% Barbera, sourced from Dragoon Mountain Vineyard, in the Willcox AVA. These grapes were cold-soaked for 24 hours, then whole-cluster pressed. The subsequent juice was chilled and settled for 48 hours, before racking and inoculation. The wine was fermented in stainless steel for 26 days at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Aged entirely in stainless steel, the 2015 Rosé was allowed to undergo a native malolactic fermentation. The wine saw minimal cold stabilization and no heat stabilization. The wine is filtered, but unfined–(the exact opposite of the Chateau Tumbleweed staff. Kidding. You know I love you). The color of this wine is an intense, vibrant pink.
The Nose: At cellar temperature, the nose of the 2015 Rosé opens with aromas of Strawberry, cherry, watermelon, peach, and orange peel. When chilled to serving temperature (45 degrees), this rosé also gains a minty aspect to the nose.
The Palate: This light-bodied, high acid Rosé opens with notes of strawberry, watermelon, and orange peel, intermingling with notes of limestone and white tea. The finish lasts for 1 minute and 20 seconds, with notes of juicy persimmon, watermelon, lingering acidity, and limestone dust.
The Pairing: Pair the 2015 Chateau Tumbleweed Rosé with tacos featuring fish or tempura shrimp. For a vegetarian pairing, serve this wine with pita bread and Baba ghanoush.
Impressions: The 2015 Rosé from Chateau Tumbleweed is a classic, Italian-style dry rosé which to me is very similar to wines coming from the Cerasuolo D’Abruzzo DOC. Light, juicy, and savory, this wine is sure to delight any lover of rosé. If you have any bottles of this wine left, I wouldn’t cellar it past September. Drink now, while the sun is at its harshest.
Personified, I feel this wine is a happy marathon runner; her strawberry blonde hair in a pigtail. She’s peppy and exuberant.