2013 Cabernet Franc Dry Rose’

Seven Hills Winery 2013 Dry Rose'
Seven Hills Winery 2013 Dry Rose’

Hubby & I first stepped into Seven Hills Winery on a blustery October day, tasted the available wines and promptly became members, returning home with a case of wine right before the release of our first membership installment; we truly enjoy Casey McClellen’s wines.

Salmon colored rose from Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec = delicious!
Salmon colored rose from Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec = delicious!

Last week I came home with half of a case of Rose’ made from Cabernet Franc, some Petit Verdot and Malbec.  This is the first Rose’ for Seven Hills and I was so very excited to bring that much home.  When I looked this evening, it is Sold Out!  Will have to make due with this amount until next year’s release.

Salmon color and complex flavors; delectable rose' from Seven Hills Winery.
Salmon color and complex flavors; delectable rose’ from Seven Hills Winery.

My taste in the winery was delicious, but my partner in wine hadn’t had an opportunity to try it.  Before I knew it was already irreplaceable I decided to make salmon cakes for dinner to have an excuse to open a bottle.  Of course, it is here to drink, I am happy to be sipping it as I write.

Wild Alaska Salmon, lightly seasoned with home-grown fennel and winter savory and a small amount of garlic went so very well with this Rose’.  Did I say it is dry?  Crisp, refreshing with nectarine and spice followed by a garden of herbs in flower, finishing with a citrus, grapefruit, flavor.  Loving the complexity of flavors.

I am in the home stretch of my winter quarter classes with four final exams to complete by Tuesday the 18th.  That is quite likely the last dinner I will make between now and then.  It is always a pleasure to pair a wine and meal with such success.

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