Summer of Rosé: 2015 Renegade Rosé

Welcome to the Summer of Rosé series! Throughout the summer, I will highlight different rosés from around the world.

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Who else is glad that summer is here? I know I am. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming…and the rosé’s are out in full force!

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Renegade Wine Company is the value label for Walla Walla’s most rocking (literally) tasting room, Sleight of Hand Cellars. Every year, winemaker Trey Busch looks to make a delicious, yet affordable, Rhône style rosé.  Each year, the blend is different, with the 2015 vintage being a blend of 80% Syrah, 11% Cinsault, 5% Counoise, and 4% Grenache.

I love this wine.  I really do.  This wine is a great wine for drinking on the back porch with friends on a hot summer day.  The nose has a lovely bouquet of watermelon and strawberry.  There is also the slightest hint of gravel.  These flavors carry over to the palate, which is rounded out by a lovely acidity.  Personally, I would just enjoy this on it’s own, but if you wanted to pair this food, I’d recommend pairing with grilled/smoked chicken, lightly dressed salads, or shellfish. 

This wine retails for $12 and is worth every penny. 

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