Bottled only six months ago by winemaker Kent Humphrey, the 2013 Eric Kent Sonoma Coast Rosé is already making waves. This intriguing blend of Pinot Noir and Syrah has been featured in articles in both LA Weekly and the Wall Street Journal, and that was just last month.
An incredibly small case production (less than 350 produced) I sometimes worry that the more press this rosé receives, the less there will be for me!
Yet I can’t tell you how many times I’ve suggested this wine to a customer only to have them tell me that they “only drink dry rosés.”
For too many people, a darker colored rosé brings up the horrid memories of the old, sweet blush wines of the past and many still erroneously believe that the lighter the color, the drier the wine.
Luckily the Eric Kent Rosé manages to surprise even the staunchest critic.
Because this rosé is a surprising wine, from the choice of varieties utilized in the blend to the unique balance of plush, yet restrained fruit with an undercut of smooth minerality. Unfined and unfiltered, the Eric Kent Rosé has an incredibly dark, hazy appearance, with a deep, dark color that’s reminiscent of cranberry juice. Yet for as heavy an appearance as this wine has, on the palate, the rosé demonstrates an elegant fleshiness with a crisp, bone dry finish.
When poured chilled, this rosé offers a generous set of aromas, yet as the temperature begins to warm, even more of the wine’s characteristics begin to reveal themselves: notes of bright red berries and blood orange are suddenly joined by violet flowers, white pepper and a sleek minerality of wet stone.
Region: Sonoma Coast
Blend: 55% Pinot Noir, 45% Syrah
Cases Produced: 338
Average Retail Price: $20
Where to purchase:
Lincoln Fine Wines: 727 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA
Wades Wines: 30961 West Agoura Road, Westlake Village, CA
Green Jug Fine Wine and Spirits: 6307 Platt Avenue, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, CA