It has been a long while since my last entry from head to hand and yet still feeling our connection. That’s our Life together…succinct with romantic fragility and burdened by none other by my resistance to the force because of who else but me. I digress. I lead, blame, and resume.
I was asked to write an article regarding “romantic” wines based on color, style, etc and had a fun time doing such. Parts of me love to hear my internal thoughts as I write because I think I’m actually making a full sentence. And so I was rejected with the first few drafts because my head hears things much differently than I’d like most to interpret. Herein lies the dilemma of tearing and hollowing out the truth of the mind with self built walls. (Trump would’ve saved so much time and energy with me; master builder)
…and without further ado my simplified and devoted expose on why the color of Love is so important in the wine world of Rosé
The Color of Love
Science has proven there is no wavelength to measure the color pink and yet the visible hue of romance and love is represented by and felt through some range of this color. What better day of the year than Valentine’s to test this phenomenon and fall in love with still and sparkling rosé.
The range of pink wines we are fortunate to ‘see’ include pastel shades of peach, raspberry, cherry blossom, and currant. The intensity of the hue varies with varied factors such as thickness and color of grape skin, winemaking process, and desired look of the finished wine. To best understand and ‘see’ the color of love in wine is on a date with knowledge…through rose colored glasses of course!
Rosé wines are still or sparkling and can be made by three winemaking methods although sparkling wine houses tend to utilize blending and saignée :
- Direct Press (Presse Directe/Vin Gris)
- Blending (Rosé d’Assemblage)
- Bleeding (Saignée)
There are several black-skinned grapes used in rosé winemaking and they vary by the region from which the wine is made. Some popular variety for still pink wines include Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre, and Syrah. In the world of sparkling rose Pinot Noir, Meunier and Chardonnay go on double dates or vinify stag depending on the style preferred.
If the direct press method is chosen red wine grapes are treated similarly to those used for producing white wines and they’re pressed to separate the juice from the skins with little if no skin contact.
If the house decides on the blending technique, or “Rosé d’Assemblage”, the still wines will be blended, withalmost always a larger percentage of white wine in the blend. This allows the winemaker to obtain color and density that is consistent from year to year.
If saignée, or “bleeding” method is preferred, the grape musts remain in contact with their skins for usually a few hours. This allows the natural pigments in the skins of the black grapes to color the juice and enrich the must with their aromatic components. It is after this maceration period that the juices are “bled” off. “Rosé de Saignée” in general are richer in taste but less consistent in color.
Now for the romance! The choices are many, the colors succinct. Hopeful you find that great pleasure is to be found in gazing at something that is both complex and beautiful. A good human wrote, “A wine’s color has been described as its face, in which age and character can be read”, so no matter which kind of Valentine’s Day you choose the toasts should be had, the color of love to be shared, and the lingering thought of long-live rosé shall resound!