Roanoke Vineyards 2018 "Site Specific" Rose
Darker than any East Coast 2018 rose I've tasted this year, this looks almost like a light red wine and drinks almost like one too.
Black and red cherry aromas are layered with notes of earthy dried leaves and a meaty minerality.
Fuller bodied and plump, this isn't rose as a white wine stand-in. The berries are more red than black here, with cherries and strawberries leading the way, with more of that meaty minerality that brings a distinct savoriness. There is some definite sweetness here, but it's fairly well balanced though again, this isn't the vivacious style of rose many are used to. The finish is medium-long with a subtle note of brown sugar.
At $34 it's not a great value, but it's a unique take on Long Island rose that will probably shine brightest with fall and even winter foods rather than summer fare. It's a nice choice for Thanksgiving dinner.