|Lorenza 2013 Rosé|
All three shared a similar pale salmon color, with perhaps the 2011 (33% Grenache, 26% Carignan, 23% Mourvèdre, and 18% Cinsault) showing a slightly lighter hue of pink. They all provided aromas and flavors of citrus, strawberries, tart cherries and a little bit of spice. Where they most dramatically differed was in their texture and acidity. The 2011 was soft and smooth, almost with a creaminess to it. The 2012 (27% Cinsault, 25% Mourvèdre, 28% Grenache and 20% Carignan) had a bit more pep and brightness to it because the acid was more pronounced. Finally, the 2013 (40% Grenache, 37% Carignan, and 23% Cinsault) was the crispest of the group really showing off its acidic backbone. Don't get me wrong, all three were still fresh and mouthwatering - unique siblings if you will. Also keep in mind that these wines are several years removed from the current 2015 release. The most interesting thing revealed tasting these three wines is how the complex flavors produced by old vines and beautiful acidity resulting from harvesting fruit between 18° - 21° brix contributes to age-worthy pink wines. If you happen to live in CA, CO, IL, NY or TX do yourself a favor and look for Lorenza on your retailers shelf. It will make your spring picnics that much more enjoyable. It is a beautiful wine the minute you bring home a bottle or you can buy a case - if you can keep you hands off of them you'll get to see how high-quality rosé can evolve over a few years.