One Bottle Post: Coruce Vineyards Rose of Pinot

Posted on: 11/09/2018 00:00

(By Eve Bushman) Met Bruce Burch many times at Wine in the Pines, and other events, over the years. He is one of a handful of winemakers located in the High Desert whose work I respect. When he sent me his latest Rose of Pinot Noir for review I noted that the back label designated that the wine came for the “Antelope Valley of the California High Desert”, it had been “hand harvested, table sorted, then pressed whole cluster and settled. Cool fermented for 3 weeks then racked into neutral French oak barrels for 3 months prior to bottling.” So you can see why this wine is worthy of respect and I looked forward to sampling it.

Bruce suggested that I wait for “a day warm enough to be worthy of a summer sipper” which came easily, on the last weekend of October. It would probably be the last tasting of the year from my porch in Happy Valley Newhall, where the temperature was cooling down to 88 degrees that evening.

2017 Rose of Pinot

13.8% alcohol, .14% residual sugar. 60 cases produced

Tasting notes from the back label: Flavors and aromas of cherries, strawberries, and violets with a rose petal and cedar finish. Crisp and dry.

My tasting notes:

Many people know that I’m not a big Pinot fan, but I do like Rose, and love trying all kinds. The color was a lovely dark peach to salmon, what my daughter referred to as the new peach emoji. The aroma for me included sliced peaches, pears, white grape juice, kiwi, granite and cream. On the mouth I was somehow reminded of Japanese plum wine – which I never drink as is, only on ice with a squeeze of lemon – with lovely fresh red berries, white pepper, low acid, and as Bruce suggested, it proved to be an easy sipper to carry me over until dinner. If I were to pair this I’d be happy with hard cheeses, a light pasta dish with crab or salmon, followed by a deep bowl of mixed berries and fresh whipped cream. 89 Eve pts.

About Coruce Vineyards and Winery

Proprietors Coreen Savikko and Bruce Burch began growing wine grapes in the Antelope Valley in 2000 and began producing award winning homemade wines as soon as the vines became mature. Our High Desert Zinfandel, Syrah, Viognier, and Symphony varietal wines have all won medals, from bronze to gold, in local and international competitions. Turning pro in 2013, we hired winemaker Bob Balentine after sampling his (and other winemakers’) efforts.

Read more here: Eve’s Wine 101: One Bottle Post: Coruce Vineyards Rose of Pinot





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