King Family Vineyards 2017 Crosé

88 points

Fresh watermelon and strawberry aromas are made much more interesting by notes of peach, fresh-cut grass, and green peppercorns -- which is more delicious than it might sound.

Medium-light bodied, the palate is more fruit focused without losing the more savory notes, tasting like the juiciest watermelon you can imagine drizzled with a little lime juice. Though dry, there is a fruit sweetness here that works nicely with the fresh acidity. The finish is medium-short, but still fresh and refreshing.

Producer: King Family Vineyards
Region: Monticello AVA (Virginia)
Blend: 100% Merlot
Production: 3,300 cases
Price: $21*

* Review sample provided by the winery

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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