{ WINE WEDNESDAY }: Macrostie 2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir

Shannon Silver, San Francisco Lifestyle Blogger & Sommelier, talks wine & Macrostie 2017 Rose Pinot Noir

On Instagram, I started a little Wine Wednesday where I share what I’ve been drinking and digging and why not bring it to the blog?

A little about me: I started studying wine in 2006. Since I was only 20 at the time, I read everything I could about it and then when I turned 21, I took & passed my Introductory Sommelier course. Over the course of the next few years, I worked in the industry and took my Certified Sommelier test in 2011 in New Orleans. I no longer work directly in the industry but the blog has been a fun way to stay involved.

Not to mention, living so close to wine country, we make it out there probably twice a month at the very least.

Anyways, since wine is something I’ve studied for over a decade, there’s no reason for me to not bring it on to my platform. SO-

Enter Wine Wednesdays!

I’ll keep things short and sweet here {think tasting notes, winemaking process, food/wine pairings} & if you ever have any questions, feel free to email me at sls@essellesse.com or in the comments.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, then you’ve probably seen me talk about Macrostie quite a few times. It is one of both Erik & my favourite wineries in Healdsburg. We found it through a recc at Porter Creek {another fantastic winery in Healdsburg}.

Macrostie is known for their Pinots & Chardonnays which I will touch on another day… but as the weather gets warmer, they release a limited edition Rosé which sells out almost instantly! That said, even when it’s sold out, you may be able to find it in wine shops or grocery stores with great wine lists. Let’s get into it, shall we?

Macrostie 2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir

The Macrostie rosé is from the Russian River Valley & 100% Pinot Noir. It sees 75% stainless steel & 25% neutral oak fermentation. This keeps things crisp, round, & balanced.

Typically speaking, stainless steel fermentation basically prevents oxygen contact in the wine and helps preserve acidity & floral notes. Think Stainless Steel = crisp wine! Neutral oak {or “used”} wine barrels helps soften the wine & gives it a nice mouthfeel without flavouring it. When wine barrels are used 2-3 times {generally about 3 years or so}, the oak loses it’s flavouring ability where it lends notes of say, vanilla, coconut, clove, dill, tobacco, etc . Instead, it allows oxygen slowly into the wine and helps soften the wine & tannins. This 75 / 25 ratio keeps things nice & balanced.

It’s a dry {aka not sweet} rosé but very juicy. Think notes of ripe strawberry, pink grapefruit, orange blossom, & tangerine. It is high in acidity with a finish that lingers on your tongue after sipping.It’s wonderful for a daydrinking picnic situation: think a cutie picnic basket, a baguette, slices of proscuitto & fresh fruit. In fact, if you’re in San Francisco, the most DREAM situation would be taking this to Dolores Park with a Speck Pizza from Delfina.

It would also be dreamy with some BBQ! Our new apartment has an outdoor grill so I am looking forward to sipping this with some charred grilled meats!

It retails for about $25 and if you see it, def pick it up Sometimes, it blows my mind that we are already on the 2017 vintage of things. Time sure flies

I hope you like this new mini series 🙂 any questions, let me know & who knows some might even make a full post. Follow the hashtag #trustmeimasomm on instagram for all my Wine Wednesday picks!

Happy 4th!! May it be red, white & boozy 🙂  If you’re looking to shop a sale, here is my favourite: RASK for 70% off all full price items with code SUMMER18. See me in Rask here!

xx SLS

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2015 DOMAINE DE L’ENCHANTOIR “LE PIED À L’ÉTRIER” SAUMUR PUY-NOTRE-DAME ROUGE {~$17 !!!! } :: fun fact, but this winery is certified organic. Cool right? Anyways, like most in the middle Loire Valley, Cabernet Franc is the star & this wine is 100% cab franc. Super fragrant! The first thing I thought of when I tried it was leather studded rose petals. There are also notes of tobacco, black cherry, black tea, cranberry, & hibiscus. One thing to note is that there is NO green pepper on the note or palette. Seriously, it’s not vegetal at all bc it’s not a regular cab franc, it’s a cool cab franc. But seriously this wine will blow your mind and rock your world at the same time. Also I want a perfume in this, like who doesn’t want to smell like a leather studded rose?
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It’s very food friendly but good on its own. Medium bodied and extremely well balanced. It pairs well with charcuterie, smoked fish, grilled meats or vegetables, & sunsets. We’ve been on a grilled pizza kick which would be so good with this too! Grilled Thai or Vietnamese dishes would also be off the charts.
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Y’all. I can’t even scratch the surface on how good this wine is. It seriously gets better with each sip. If you see it, BUY IT. If you can’t find it, look online. I got along without it before I met it but I sure as hell couldn’t do it now. 🍷 #trustmeimasomm
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