Yes, it is October, and while it is never stated, the unspoken rule seems to be ‘no rosé in months containing the letter r.’ May to August isn’t enough time to enjoy all the beautiful rosés out there, especially when temperatures reach into the 80’s and there’s a salmon on the grill. Rosé just seems right.
Solune is a winery in Grass Valley, California. While many of the wineries in the Sierra Foothills are making some nice wines with Rhone Valley varieties, the winemakers who are experimenting with Italian varieties in this hilly, warm region are finding their terroir.
Solune is a mash up of the French words for Sun and Moon. Jacques Mercier, the winegrower, claims French as his native language, hailing from Québec. Yes, a French-speaking, Canadian is growing Italian grapes in California. Does that sound wrong? It is no more wrong than drinking rosé in October. The result is a deep orange-red, Barbera rosé, with earthy, citrus and red fruit aromas. The body is medium, the acidity is tart. The flavors are cranberries and sloe gin with a hint of bitter lime peel on the finish. It is juicy, tart and rich with color and flavor.