Why you should sip Mattebella Vineyards 2016 Rosé

A bottle of Mattebella Vineyards 2016 Rosé. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

This week’s “Wine of the Week,” Mattebella Vineyards 2016 Rose ($21) found its way into my glass via my wife. She recently went wine tasting to celebrate a friend’s birthday and brought it home among an armful of other bottles. She enjoys finding delicious local wines that I maybe haven’t had in awhile.

This blend of cabernet franc and merlot is a bright, summery salmon-pink in the glass. It offers mostly fruity aromas — things like peaches and strawberries with some higher-toned lemon zest notes on top.

Fresh and nervy with acidity that is juicy in a lemon-lime citrus sort of way, the medium-bodied palate is fairly straightforward, showing strawberry and white cherry flavors with a subtle dried herb note that probably comes from the cabernet franc.

Sometimes I can tell how much I like a wine by how short my notes are. We shared this bottle of wine on one of the last warm evenings of the fall and it didn’t last long. My annotations end a bit abruptly with “Should get some more for Thanksgiving.”