2013 Dragonette Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara Rosé
Mostly Grenache and Mourvedre from Vogelzang Vineyard farmed for rosé, this is irresistibly delicious, balanced between Grenache-driven fleshiness and the spring-water freshness of its acidity. The flavors move from stone fruit toward something more earthy, like tamarind—a chalky edge that gives the wine shape and makes it versatile with food.
This year's Dragonette rosé is a blend of Grenache and Mourvedre sourced from grapes grown specifically for this wine at Vogelzang Vineyard. (There's also about 5% Syrah saignee added for body and complexity.) From the winery: "Beautiful light pink to copper color. On the nose, aromas of wild strawberry and raspberry, peach skin and blood orange, with a touch of pine and earth. On the palate, the wine delivers flavors of strawberry, raspberry, pear, nectarine, Fuji apple and Crenshaw melon, with acidity-inspired notes of orange peel and stony minerals. Light to medium bodied, but expressive and completely dry, the wine has a smooth velvety texture and a long, clean finish."