A Hot Friday Night with Merryvale’s Rosé

On Thursday, I received an email about an unexpected project that had a Friday at noon deadline.  At first glance, I thought that even though it was a surprise, I would be able to finish it fairly quickly, but as I continued to work on the project on Friday, it kept evolving into a bigger and bigger deal.  Usually, Fridays are fairly light days for me, but this one was not a usual Friday.  By the time I arrived home on Friday night, I was ready for the quiet weekend that lay ahead.  Hubby and I had a quick, light dinner, which I paired with a rosé because, even though it wasn’t as hot as earlier in the week, the weather was still above 90 degrees.
2009 Merryvale Stanly Ranch Estate Rose

2009 Merryvale Stanly Ranch Estate Rose


The 2009 Merryvale Stanly Ranch Estate Rosé (winery) was a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Syrah grapes.  The wine was so dark that it was almost the color of a really light ruby red wine, with a nice orange pink tinge.  On the nose, there was a mix of cranberries, strawberries, and limes followed by a touch of thyme.  In the mouth, there were strawberries, cranberries, white pepper, limes, and thyme.  The wine had great acidity and a light-to-medium body.

Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely!  If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At $15, I was pleasantly surprised that this rosé offered more than I expected.  I tend to find that most rosés are forgettable, even if they’re refreshing on a hot summer night, but this wine had some nice cooking herb characteristics that enhanced the berry and citrus elements.  While it’s still not a wine that I would spend a lot of money on, it’s a good rosé for a quiet, relaxing Friday evening.

Question of the Day: Are you a rosé drinker?  If so, do you have a favorite?  If not, is there a particular reason that you avoid rosé wine?

Price: $15
Purchased at Lot18
Overall: 3.5 Corks

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