La Crema, Pinot Noir Rosé, Monterey, CA, 2018

La Crema, Pinot Noir Rosé, Monterey, CA, 2018 has a brilliant light salmon color. Vibrant citrus aromas greet the nose; Spanish mandarins, Meyer lemon, grapefruit and some tropical pineapple as well. Minerals and wild flowers that tease the mouth on what’s to come next back these fruit aromas. The first sip brings intense citrus flavors of lemon and orange with pink grapefruit and Sicilian blood orange. Other fruits contribute to the full mouth feel of this rosé, especially Honey Kissed Melon, wild strawberries and pineapple. The minerals and wild flowers take a back seat to the fruit on the palate but linger in the background-adding dimension. The citrus also provides great acidity that rounds out the flavor of this terrific rosé.

La Crema, Pinot Noir Rosé was the perfect pairing for cornmeal and black pepper crusted catfish with a roasted red pepper sauce. The citrus in the wine brought out the flavors of the catfish in its crunchy shell with the black pepper bite. The La Crema, Pinot Noir Rosé also balance the sweetness of the sauce with bright acidity bringing everything together in harmony.

La Crema, Pinot Noir Rosé might just be my go to rosé this summer on the back deck. Reading in the afternoon soon, cooling off after an early evening bike ride or even as an aperitivo just sitting around enjoying my quiet neighborhood. Of course with plenty of foods to pair it with as well, summer will be great!

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