Producer:  Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery
Region: Tip of the Mitt AVA
Blend: 85% frontenac gris, 15% frontenac noir
ABV: 12.3%
Price: $25*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Petoskey Farms 2018 “First Crush” Sweet Rose

86 points

Probably the most tropical-smelling rose you'll find, this blend of Frontenac Gris (85%) and Frontenac Noir (15%) oozes with scents of pineapple, mango and peach with background notes of strawberry preserves.

That tropical fruit salad quality continues on a palate that is surprisingly balanced given the sweetness here (though the last vintage drank slightly drier). Sweet strawberry, pineapple, and mango flavors are accented by just a little cherry skin on the finish.

Dry rose is all the rage, of course, but sweet rose will always have its fans. I wonder what they think of the $25 price tag though.

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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