With all the strangeness in the world as of late, the seasons continue to change, the sun still shines, the grapes still grow. So finding a particularly delicious rose such as this 2019 Aerena is like a cool ocean breeze hitting the desert: refreshing, welcome and, one might even say, needed!
The nose is filled with scents of fresh fruits, peach and strawberry and other orchard fruits, with a streak of creamy lanolin, spring garden and sea air. In the mouth, the wine is lush and rich but uplifted by a good streak of acidity. Orchard fruits again revel: peach and pear in the lead with a touch of mango, sea salt and creamsicle on the lengthy, tasty finish. This is a beautiful rosé: impeccably balanced, refreshing and delicious.
At 12.9% ABV, this wine is not too big for a little backyard daytime drinking as the sun starts to stretch out the days. Blackbird Vineyards’ winemaking duo, Aaron Pott and Kyle Mizuno, are the artisans behind Aerena and we have featured their wines before as they offer tons of value for the entry price and this rosé is no different.
A blend of Carignan and Mourvèdre, this is a Vin Gris rosé where the juice is bled off the (dark) red wine grapes (similar to how they make blanc de noirs in Champagne), removing the grape skins from adding color or flavor compounds to the finished wine. Where the wine comes from is worth mentioning-- the del Barba vineyard is in the town of Oakley, within the San Francisco Bay AVA, an area that encompasses a historic California wine-growing region. Planted in the late 1800s in the sandy banks of the Bay Delta, Tom del Barba is the fourth-generation farmer who tends these organically-farmed 135-year-old Carignan and Mourvèdre vines. The climate is moderated by the cool evenings enjoyed by proximity to where the San Francisco Bay meets the Sacramento River Delta. According to Aaron Pott, the del Barba vineyard allows him to “fulfill all of his Rhône and southern Italian fantasies at the same time.”
Bring on the heat, we'll ready the rose!
Winery notes: "ARENA Wines' 2019 Rose is a youthful pale pink Vin Gris. Enticing aromas of white peach, orange zest, acacia flower and sugar cookies on the nose. Peach, melon, and guava delight the mid-palate with wonderfully bright acidity. A soft, silky finish of plum, brown sugar and melon."