Black Stallion’s 2008 Napa Valley Rose, inspired by the lush fruity roses of Provence in the south of France, is made by gently pressing whole clusters of fruit until just the right color is released without excess tannin or astringency. What you get is a cranberry juice hue with a light grapey bouquet.
This extremely drinkable wine immediately sweetens the tip of your tongue before effervescing over the palate with bubbling biting berry. A perfect cleansing between bites of fruit, cheeses, pastas, and other hors d’oeuvres. Sweet fruits like strawberries are actually enhanced. Similar in many ways to a Prosecco, its light floral body never intrudes or overpowers but always elevates coalescing with other flavors…seafood and fish….perfect!
When you’re planning on passing an hors d’oeuvres plate around at your next gathering, grab a bottle. With anything spicy…say dishes influenced by chilies or habaneras, this wine springs to life in a swirl of heightened white pepper. Sweeter with fruits, more biting with spices. A chameleon, it adapts to the ingredients it’s paired with. The sugars remain steady with neutral foods while its complex personality emerges with more complex tastes…cheeses, Chinese, and even pizza….and did I mention chocolate? This varietal even pushes inferior chocolate to the limits making a piece of Hershey’s chocolate taste like what a chunk of Valrhona might under the circumstances.
photo courtesy of Black Stallion Winery