Panther Rock Wine Cellars, Rose of Pino Noir – 2016

  • Basic info: Panther Rock Wine Cellars “Six Degrees” Rose of Pinot Noir, California – 2016
  • Type: Rose
  • Price estimate: $13 (local wine store)
  • Look: Orange/pink. Darker than expected for a rose.
  • Smell: iced tea, raspberry syrup
  • Taste: Powdered ice tea mix, artificial lemon flavor, raspberry. Not as sweet as it sounds and it has a tart finish.
  • Conclusions: Very weird, but not un-enjoyable. Easy enough to drink, but it didn’t really remind me of wine.
  • Other notes: When we were kids my parents use to buy these very large containers of powdered iced tea mix. I think dad liked the lemon flavored tea, but we made a gallon at a time with the powdered mix. This tasted exactly as I remembered that powdered iced tea tasting. Seriously, I looked at the bottle twice to make sure it was actually wine and not tea. It has that slightly artificial taste, but it isn’t unpleasant, maybe because it reminds me of childhood, but there it is. It could also be the 11 hour day at work that preceded this glass of wine.
  • From the bottle: “Raspberry with notes of peach and melon; a crisp finish. Gently pressed and cold fermented to attain peak flavor and balance.” 12% alcohol by volume.

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