My summer months are spent lounging in my backyard with friends and family and sipping refreshing rosé wines. In the month of June I took a deep dive into rosés by participating in #WineStudio(an interactive wine education program) June rosé program, where I discovered Conn Creek Malbec Rosé from Napa Valley. We tasted and tweeted with the team from Conn Creek.
Conn Creek founded by Bill and Kathy Collins has been producing Bordeaux style wines since 1973. Conn Creek, named after a tributary of the Napa River that flows through its vineyard, was one of the first wineries to help establish Napa’s long-standing reputation as a premier wine-producing region. Producing solid Cabernet Sauvignon, Conn Creek is also focused on producing other Bordeaux varietals, hence exploring Malbec as a rosé was a natural fit.
Conn Creek is a must visit when in Napa Valley, a boutique winery on the Silverado Trail in the Rutherford District. The tasting room offers wine lovers a unique Barrel Blending experience. Unlike anything other experience in Napa the Barrel Blending was awarded winner of the International Best of Wine Tourism Award This unique experience allows you to play wine maker for the day and includes a tasting and a guided barrel tasting along with strategies and techniques to blend your own custom cuvee. At Conn Creek you will experience casual luxury, they maintain high quality standards with an experience that is very approachable.
Winemaker Mike McGrath started with Conn Creek in 1982 and is one of the most experienced winemaker in the Napa Valley. He has been experimenting with small lots of wine. In the spirit of experimentation and fun, this Malbec rosé was produced. The Malbec for this rosé comes from the high elevation Atlas Peak AVA in Antica Vineyards, which has wide temperature shifts that allow for increased acidity. This small lot Malbec rosé is extremely high in quality.
Wine – Conn Creek Rosé 2016
Appellation – Napa Valley – Antica Vineyard, Atlas Peak
Varietal – Malbec
Price – $24
ABV – 12.5%
Appearance – A bright salmon pink hue with lovely copper under tones that adorn the glass.
Nose – An expressively fragrant nose, with aromas of strawberries, raspberries, melons and floral notes. Distinct hints of fennel burst from the glass.
Palate – There is wonderful depth on this rosé yet delicate and refreshing. Flavors of macerated wild strawberries, cherries and raspberries come racing in, and you feel an explosion of a summer garden on your palate. Zippy acidity makes this wine very food friendly and versatile. Malbec is an unusual choice for a rosé, so I was extremely thrilled at tasting, trying and savoring this unique wine. It’s a wine with great texture, fruit, acidity and concentration. It is a very serious rosé.
Pairing – Consider pairing this rosé wine with prosciutto-wrapped figs, turkey burgers or grilled seafood. My favorite pairing for this wine would be a summer watermelon salad with feta. The wine is so versatile and food friendly that it bebwill be a wonderful selection for any summer patio party.
Thank you to Conn Creek for sharing your limited production rosé. This was an outstanding rosé and would highly recommend. Only 67 cases produced so grab your bottle now.