I can’t say I have been running away from Featherstone Rosé over the years. It is from the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario. Ontario rosés can compete with the best in the world. It would have been nice if the label informed us which grapes are used in the wine. Given its dark colour I am guessing Pinot Noir is in the mix. I am right but according to their website there is also some Gamay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
It has a dark pink colour. A beguiling aroma of red cherries, raspberries and strawberries. On the palate loads of cherry, raspberry and hints of raspberry Jello. A solid no nonsense fruit forward rosé with a moderate finish. Ideal for sipping on a hot summer day and a great match for grilled goat or lamb. If you can stash a few away for colder months this would be a stellar match for a Christmas ham with scalloped potatoes. For vegheads as asparagus is in season pair with a Sichuan-Style Asparagus and Tofu Salad (see www.seriouseats.com).
Generally speaking the darker the rosé the more apparent the fruit is. Often the paler rosés are too acidic to be a quaffer.
This it will make it into mid 2023. Featherstone delivers a consistent and delicious rosé at an attractive price.
Run to the Featherstone Rosé!
I am writing Santa Claus with a wish for a case of this beautifully crafted wine!
(Featherstone Rosé 2021, $15.95, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Featherstone Estate Winery, Vineland, Ontario, Canada, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 117861, 13%, 750 mL, RKS Wine Rating 94/100).