Robert Sinskey Vin Gris 2015
Wine: Robert Sinskey
Region: Los Carneros, California
Grapes: Pinot Noir
Robert Sinskey's Vin Gris of pinot noir has been in my life for over a decade, since the 2004 vintage arrived in the T. Edward Wines New Jersey warehouse. It was love at first taste, and for as long as I was a Manhattan sales representative with the company, I grabbed as much of this gem as I could get my hands on. It was an icon of California pink that sold with the power of a single pre-sale email; it went out the door before it came in. I shipped upwards of 100 cases of the '04 to a handful of customers, which in retrospect was a tad greedy. If my memory serves, the next vintage was allocated to accounts and reps alike. This bottle of 2015 was one of two allotted to me by my good friends and Vine Club collaborators at The Carriage in Florence, Alabama. Their own allocation was a brag-worthy two of the seven cases available in the whole state of Alabama. Poor Louisiana got zero bottles. Don't you love it when I write about hard-to-get treasures?
Rob Sinskey began converting his Los Carneros and Stags Leap vineyards in Sonoma and Napa to organics in 1991 and is today biodynamically certified. They are not a small production winery, with 200 acres of vineyard land and 23 different cuvées, but they've scaled in an environmentally conscious way without losing one bit of the romance, and that makes all the difference. Well, that and the wines are freaking delicious.
The Robert Sinskey Vin Gris of Pinot Noir 2015 is as elegant and lush as ever, with strawberry and peach notes, citrus twist and gorgeous acidity and texture. In perfect balance and perfectly matched with a sunny late afternoon Sunday. This is one of those wines that will change your mind about how you think of rosé. Whether you're new to the game or accustomed to drinking the under $15 bottles, this one will shift your view and bump up your wine mojo.