Question: What are your early reactions to the 2021 Rosés from British Columbia?
Answer: Yes, lots of British Columbia 2021 white & rosé wines are being released currently. Summer heat dome & smoke from forest fires are a concern on everyone’s mind for the resulting wines. Blue Mountain Winery won’t release anything from their 2021 vintage. Generally, though the Rosés are showing good balance and rather charming fruit. Lots of intensive exposure and tastings for your scribe this month at Top Drop (May 10-11), @WineBCdotcom Media Preview (May 17), 43rd Annual @VanWineFest (May 19-21), and IWFS Vancouver Branch Wine Tour Similkameen & South Okanagan (May 27-29). My main early reaction is how surprising it is that so many different grapes are being utilized in the production of the 2021 Rosés. Some recent 2021 examples tasted:
SEVEN STONES Pebble Beach Rose Similkameen: 100% Pinot Noir
VANESSA Similkameen: 2/3 Syrah & 1/3 Merlot at 14.1 abv
OROFINO Similkameen: Cabernet Franc
CLOS DU SOLEIL Similkameen: Malbec (before used Cab Sauv)
CORCELETTES Similkameen: 70% Pinot Noir & 30% Syrah
BARTIER Osoyoos: 41 Gewurz, 30 Chardonnay, 25 Pinot Gris, 4 Syrah
CULMINA Golden Mile Bench: 66 Malbec, 34 Merlot
LE VIEUX PIN Black Sage: Mainly Pinot Noir (splash of Syrah)
MOON CURSER HEIST Osoyoos: 90 Syrah (10 Malbec & Nebbiolo)
SANDHILL Estate Vineyard Block C9: 100% Sangiovese (intense lower vine yields fresh holding acidity well for a hotter year)
So many different choices of grape varieties! What is your preference?
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