Owner, Dan Dawson, has had an incredible 25-year career in one of wines' number one playgrounds, Napa Valley. He's been a sommelier at the French Laundry, wine buyer at Dean and DeLuca, and now heads winemaking at Dancing Crow. We're guessing he knows a thing or two about great wine.
The 2020 vintage in Napa was very difficult, so Dan went to Lake County for this astonishing rose. Lake County is one of the best kept secrets in California. It borders the east side of Sonoma and the north side of Napa, garnering benefits from each.
Most winemakers would take the base wine of this selection, a single vineyard syrah, and make an outstanding, rich red wine from it. Dan did that, but he also reserved some of the syrah for this rose. This selection is a blend of 83% Syrah and 17% Sauvignon Blanc. We applaud these efforts as he valued quality above all else here, since one can't sell a rose for the same price as a syrah.
Making rose should be easier than it is. After all, it's a lovely, refreshing wine with a little body and piquant flavors. But, the timing is extremely important. One crushes the grapes and leaves them on the skins for just a few hours to attain that blush of color and still retain the flavor. Too little time and there's no flavor. Too much and it's, well, too much.
So, this selection is what we hold dear in a rose. Fresh strawberry, floral hints, and acacia permeate the glass and descend on the palate equally. The finish goes on and would pair well with a tuna carpaccio.