When summertime arrives with its sweltering heat and frizzy hair creating humidity, I immediately start stockpiling rosé wine like it’s nobody’s business! All of the “rosé all day” stuff they have out there on t-shirts, hats, bags… well, that’s for me people, because if it didn’t deem me an immediate alcoholic, I would be sipping on rosé from the moment I wake up, until bedtime. It is quite possibly my favorite summertime beverage to stay cool and refreshed!
However, finding a good rosé wine is not that easy. A lot of them lack character and give you either a watered-down version of a red wine or a bit too much sugary sweetness that veers towards a white zin (gasp!)
But not this elegant 2016 Meadowcroft Rose of Malbec Clements Hill. Despite the soft pink color, it has amazing character and great body that keeps me fully engaged in the whole experience as I sit here on my deck soaking up the slowly setting sun. It’s bright and clean palate wrapped around a crisp, dry body is utterly refreshing at this moment, as I’ve spent the day working in my garden and building benches for my newly refinished table. This is exactly what I needed and I’m savoring every sip.
I get a lot of tart, punchy grapefruit right off the top when taking a deep sip. Additionally, I love that it lingers through to the finish, joined by a hint a blood orange. Of course, rosé would not be rosé without the classic ripe strawberry and cherry flavors – the components that draw me to a beautiful rosé wine and have me dreaming of summer entertaining, poolside soirees or a romantic picnic for two.
2016 Meadowcroft Rosé of Malbec Clements Hill Tasting Notes
Price: $26.00 / $20.80 for wine club members
Cases made: 100
Color: A lovely deep blush
Nose: Candied strawberries over vanilla yogurt with a hint of cherry blossoms
Palate: Bright and clean with a crisp, dry body. Tart, punchy grapefruit to start, which lingers through to the finish with a touch of blood orange. There’s a soft, airiness to the mid-palate that is very enjoyable and allows those fresh strawberries and a sprinkling of dried cherries to shine. The finish it strong, clean and overall very refreshing for a warm summer evening or poolside lounging.
Food pairing: This bottle would do great at brunch. Think thick waffles piled high with fresh strawberries and cinnamon whipped cream. Fresh salads with a raspberry vinaigrette. Goat cheese, feta cheese or Mahon are great cheese pairings. Even a goat brie would be delightful. Grilled steelhead trout, shrimp or chicken, and of course sushi would also line up great with this beautiful wine.
I first discovered Meadowcroft Wines when my friend and I attended last year’s Sunset Magazine Celebration Weekend at Cornerstone Sonoma. Side note: if you have yet to go to Cornerstone Sonoma, let alone the Sunset Celebration Weekend I cannot recommend it enough! I don’t even think my explanation of Cornerstone will do it justice, so I won’t even attempt. You simply need to go… or check out the website and dream about going asap… like I’m doing right now!
As usual, I’m rambling away in other directions. Let’s get back to Meadowcroft Wines.
Their tasting room is located at Cornerstone Sonoma, year round. Which, can I say is probably the most dreamy of locations and can I come work there, like yesterday? Or simply hang out all of the time! Either way, I’m highly jealous that these amazing folks get to work where they do and be surrounded by breathtaking gardens, shopping, and food! Let alone have access to this great wine all of the time. Doesn’t their tasting room (photo below) just evoke all of the feelings of Sonoma wine country? I missed this year’s Sunset Magazine Celebration Weekend, so I’m eager to get back and visit them.
Meadowcroft Wines was founded by Winegrower Tom Meadowcroft, who has an extensive background in winemaking. Meadowcroft Wines boasts about 21 different wines in its current portfolio, not including older vintages or library wines. The honeybee that adorns the elegant labels has a beautiful representation of Tom Meadowcroft’s name. To quote, “Meadowcroft is a fertile field or meadow and croft refers to a cultivated area that has been nurtured over time. The honeybee symbolizes this conscientious work and the process of transformation from wine grapes into an outstanding wine.”
Wow, it’s safe to say Tom was destined for this, right? They definitely have a great team over there, which includes winemaker Peter Kirilov. Their expertise and passion for winemaking show through this beautiful, perfect-for-summer-entertaining rosé wine. In fact, we adore this wine so much we decided to have some fun by waking up before the sunrise for a romantic lakeside picnic for two (blog post to come.)
On top of that, next week’s post is all about summer entertaining with a beautiful, intimate outdoor dinner where we will be pairing the 2016 Meadowcroft Rosé of Malbec and the 2016 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc with our favorite, easy-to-prepare summer menu. Stay tuned!