The 2019 vintage shows a bit more citrus and minerality than the 2018 due to the larger percentage of grenache that went into the blend. Notes of kaffir lime, grapefruit and honeysuckle round out the glass while the finish is bright, acidic and leaves your palate wanting more.
The vineyard sites are sustainably farmed, located in Lodi, CA and Mendocino, CA. Both sites crop at 4 tons to the acre, are cane pruned and are 16 years old.
Slow and low. That’s the philosophy at ion Wines. The fruit was harvested at 24 brix to ensure high acid and lower alcohol. Using 100% stainless steel, our fermentation goals were a brix a day at very cold temperatures to keep the brightness and freshness of the grape. The wine rested on its lees for 4 months to help gain additional character.
Obsessed with all things wine and an experienced winemaker for the last decade, Benjamin Flajnik prides himself on crafting drinkable dry rosé wine. At ion, we source fruit from premium vineyards and specialize in dry Provençal style rosé wine.
Ok, let’s get nerdy. If you ask science, (ion)ic bonding is a type of chemical bond that involves the electrostatic attraction between oppositely charged ions. So basically, we’re bringing people together through wine! Oh, and (ion)ic compounds are balanced, just like our rosé.
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@sandbarhappy This rosé has fruit flavors that meld together so well that you can’t pick out a dominate one. Yet there is lots of flavor that doesn’t disappear as so many rosés do. There isn’t any sweetness which would be a major turn-off for me. I’ve shared it with lots of serious wine lovers and they all enjoyed it. I like it much better than Whispering Angel and Miraval if you’re familiar with those.
TLDR: Buy it, it’s 90 bucks for a case of a good sipping rosé!
And now, for the rest of the story:
When getting home Friday there was a single bottle lying in wait on my front porch. Could it be? Upon opening the box a beautifully labeled bottle of rosé was awaiting me.
I found a place in the wine fridge to bring it to the temp that I drink my reds (55 degrees) and let it rest overnight. Saturday came and my wife and I invited our oenophile friends over to sample the goods. To be clear, we are all bold red drinkers for the most part and usually when we drink non-reds it’s because it’s a hot day and we want something cold, wet, and alcoholy. So, there’s the caveat.
“Popped the cork” with a ‘twist of the top’ and noticed the color once poured into the glass as an apricot/peach/orange color. Very pleasing to the eye and just what I would want in a rose.
The nose was that of strawberry, vanilla, and melon.
The taste was casaba melon upfront with a hint of vanilla in the middle and finished with a buttery and velvety flavor in the end. Two of our tasters noticed what was described as a grilled peach or the top of a creme brûlée. Not burnt but a slight quaff of smokey grill. Another taster felt the slightest touch of sparkle at the end which was pleasant.
All in all, we really enjoyed this wine and at this price it’s a no brainer. Thank you to WineDavid and Alice for the opportunity to rat, we hope we made you proud!
(also, I didn’t receive an email for this and I can’t remember how to get the LabRat label at the top of the post, sorry!)
Damn. Missed this. I got the previous offering (2018?) with the cork. I recall a Rat had a bottle with a bad cork, but all the bottles in my case were fine, and the wine was tasty. Still have 3 bottles. I was very pleasantly surprised as well as my friends. Went over well too when I brought it to some gatherings with the beautiful bottle and label. Oh and the gals really enjoyed the Bachelor backstory! No extra case or two laying around and I can grab it?