Ottawa, ON

April 2017

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Matt’s review:  Each vintage of Painted Rock Rosé I’ve tasted I’m consistently impressed with how delicious it is, and reminded how much I enjoy the style they produce (and that I need to stock up on it for my own enjoyment this summer). Produced in the Saignée method following 12 hours on the skins to incorporate significant flavour and varietal characteristics, it’s 100% estate grown (Penticton – Skaha Lake), comprised of a blend of 27% Merlot, 20% Cab Franc, 16% Syrah, 13% Malbec, 13% Cab Sauvignon, and 11% Petit Verdot – making for a very complex, structured, and flavourful Rosé. Its unique copper colour is accented with an orange hue which reminds me of a fine Madeira. The nose reflects the unique colour, with expressive notes of sweet brandied cherries, strawberry, watermelon, and a touch of baking spice. Viscous and creamy, this full bodied, textured, and well structured Rosé weighs in at 14.5% abv with ~11g/L RS – a result of the particularly hot vintage, which contributes to its lush yet refreshing style. With a finish that seems to go on forever…supported by its creamy texture, with layers of wild strawberry, cherry, and cinnamon persisting. This Rosé complements practically everything, my list includes: Orange Chicken, Paella, spicy dishes, cedar plank salmon, or assorted Charcuterie. Serve chilled with good company. Tasted April 2017. 93 points. Matt Steeves – http://www.quercusvino.ca

Available winery direct $25