Huff Estates2007 Rosé
(Prince Edward County)
Huff Estates is one of many North American wineries to employ a French winemaker, in this case Frederic Picard, who is making his mark in a region that demands winemakers who excel at cool climate viticulture and oenology. Being French, Picard appreciates a good chilled dry rosé on a hot summer day. His deep pink rosé is made traditionally – it is not a by-product of bleeding off the initial press juice to make a more concentrated red wine. After destemming and crushing, some of the grapes are left to soak on their skins a short while before pressing in order to contribute greater depth of color and flavor from the Cabernet Sauvignon (40%) and Cabernet Franc (60%) grapes.
The kinship of these grapes with Sauvignon Blanc shows through in this wine, with its crisp clean acidity, pleasant herbaceous notes, and pink grapefruit aromas. Low alcohol (12.8%) and bright berry fruit make this a refreshingly fun patio wine, while tannins and flavors from skin contact give it a slightly serious nature. It's a southern French style rosé appropriate for matching with appetizers, as well as salmon, poultry, pork, simple grilled meats and vegetarian dishes. Only 800 cases were made.
Reviewed July 22, 2008 by Craig Pinhey.
Craig Pinhey is a professionally certified Sommelier, educator, wine judge, and wine writer. He is on the tasting panel for Wine Access, Canada's most respected wine magazine, and is the provincial wine columnist for the New Brunswick Telegraph Journal. Craig appears weekly on CBC Radio, and is regular beverage columnist for Halifax's The Coast, East Coast Living, Progress Magazine, and [here]: New Brunswick's Urban Voice. He prefers wines with mineral and earthy notes, distinct varietal fruit and regional character, and moderate alcohol so he can drink more of it.