2016 Banshee Mendocino County Rosé (Previously $20)

SKU #1296369 90 points Vinous

 Limpid orange-pink. Fresh strawberry and blood orange scents, along with floral and white pepper nuances that gain strength as the wine opens up. Juicy, focused and light on its feet, offering subtly sweet red berry and floral pastille flavors and a bracing jolt of white pepper on the back half. Clings with very good tenacity on the finish, leaving behind a suggestion of candied rose. Drink 2017-2019. (JR)  (6/2017)

K&L Notes

The folks at Banshee take their rosé production very seriously. They employ hand harvesting and whole-cluster pressing of grapes (in 2016, the blend is 48% Grenache, 22% Pinot Noir, 16% Syrah, 14% Barbera) designated for rosé from the beginning, rather than bleeding some runoff juice of a wine destined to be a red. The primary new vineyard source for this aromatic and bright rosé is biodynamically farmed, and the attention to detail from start to finish shows through in the bottle. From Banshee: "The wine is a pale rose and peach combination in color and lip smacking as it goes down. It also possesses the depth to pair with everything from the lightest amuse-bouche to the main course."

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2017 | Send Email
I know that we sing the praises of the folks at Banshee often, but there is a reason for it. They are making some of the best, affordable wines on the Domestic market today. One of the sneakiest of those releases is their yearly Rose release which seems to sell out faster and faster every year. This year may be their best ever rose as they went away from the 100% Pinot Noir rose model to add more dimension and complexity by adding Syrah, Grenache and Barbera to the mix. These varietals have all shown up in a big way but counterintuitively making a much more refined and delicate rose. Think Rainier cherry, white sage, soft minerality and rose hips all draped over a core of firm raspberry fruit. I loved this, the staff loved this and I think you’ll love it too.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/6/2017 | Send Email
Normally, I pretty much just drink Rose from Provence and Sancerre. I love the acidity and brightness there. However, Banshee has produced a GREAT, and affordable dry Rose for 2016. It has a very, very pretty nose of nectarine and watermelon. So pretty, that I thought it was going to be one of these borderline fruity Rose's. I could not have been more wrong! On the palate, orange, rhubarb and really nice acidity and chalkiness. Absolutely delicious! A must try!

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- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.