Finger Lakes Wine of the Week:
Fox Run Vineyards 2014 Rosé of Pinot Noir
By Nicholas Baldwin
For red wine lovers, the summer can be a rough time of year when you just want to sit outside and relax with a glass of wine. You crave the flavors of Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir or Lemberger, but the sun can be oppressing. The heavy, sometimes humid air screams for a tall cold glass of something refreshing rather than a hearty red wine. The answer is rosé wines, especially from the Finger Lakes. More and more wineries are making rosés, but there are a handful of stand-outs. I think the Fox Run Vineyards 2014 Rosé of Pinot Noir is one of the best.
Fox Run makes two of the region’s top Pinot Noirs: their standard bottling and–in great years–a reserve bottling. So, it’s no surprise that their Rosé of Pinot Noir stands among the best. It has a rich pink hue, which comes from a short amount of time fermenting with the grapes skins on before they are removed. It has aromas of strawberries, raspberries and nectarines. It has a medium mouthfeel that holds up well with all different kinds of cheeses, as well as trout and salmon, grilled or roasted chicken, and pork dishes. Fox Run is currently sold out at the winery, but your local retailer may still have some cases left. So do yourself a favor a stock on as many bottles as you can for the summertime. You won’t regret it.
Nicholas Baldwin has worked in the wine and spirits business for more than 12 years and traveled the world visiting vineyards. He holds numerous wine certifications.
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