With fall in full swing, I’m clinging to my Rosé like it’s my lifeline to summer. I don’t think Rosé is a “summer only” wine. I think it’s a smart pick all the time and depending on the varietal perfect for your Thanksgiving table. This week we have the Hogwash 2013 Rosé up for review. It’s a head scratcher! It’s complex and at times delicious but not every sip is the same! Buckle up!
The Hogwash 2013 Rosé contains 13.1% alcohol so it’s a bit lighter than what is seeming to be the standard 13.5%. It’s 100% Rosé of Grenache and it was harvested at night. The Hogwash 2013 Rosé was cold fermented in stainless steel with on the skins fermentation. My bottle was in great shape and it has a screw top for easy opening or storing in the fridge if you just want a small glass. We chilled the wine the wine to 50 degrees and used stemless white wine glasses for tasting. The color is a salmon pink with a rose gold sheen!
The nose on the Hogwash 2013 Rosé is all over the place. It’s got raspberry, papaya, melon, lemon and an insane amount of wet slate mineral character. We were also smelling the faintest trace of gooseberry but I think we might have been imaging it. The palate was light raspberry, lemons, limes, tropical fruits, rose petals, jasmine, and a hibiscus/rose hip tea note. The finish was actually mineral-y and buttery. It was bone dry and very acidic! With food the wine was only slightly less acidic so I would suggest pairing it with high fat foods like cheese, roasted or fried chicken with skin, anything with bacon and salmon. As the wine warmed up, the tropical notes high tailed it out of the glass and the citrus and minerals got turned up to full volume.
If you are looking for a Rosé with a slightly different flavor profile this is certainly what you should be buying. It’s exciting but the acid level makes it a hard sell for pairing or enjoying alone. It’s not so acidic you can’t drink it but it’s close. I’d also recommend pouring about as much as you see in my photo and keeping the bottle chilled at the table otherwise you will miss all the nuance in the wine. This wine varies in price but it’s normally between $16 to $20. I bought it because one of my local wine haunts was offering it for $10 as part of an end of summer Rosé sale. It’s a bit pricey compared to what I normally review but totally justified when served at it’s best. On the standard Wine Spectator we give it a solid 88 points.
Have you tried the Hogwash 2013 Rosé? If so let us know what you though about it in the comments below!