Vertical wine tastings can always be fun. How about a vertical of Rosé? With two bottles of Ascension Cellars Siren Rosé, 2014 and 2015 it was fascinating to explore the differences and nuances between the two vintages.
In the bottle, both Rosés appeared similar in appearance as each featured a dark iridescent rosy ruby color. The bottles themselves were different. The 2014 was in a Bordeaux bottle while the 2015 utilized a Rhone bottle.
After pouring both vintages into a glass one notices that the color is slightly different. The 2015 has a lighter paler shade of pink while the 2014 is more vibrant and vivid in color. This may be due to the blend of each wine. The 2014 consists of Grenache, Syrah, Petit Sirah, and Malbec. Perhaps it is the Malbec that is creating the darker hue in the wine. The 2015 combines Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre and Petite Sirah.
Enchanted with Paso Robles, Erick Allen, Winemaker/owner of Ascension Cellars discovered Cass Vineyards in the Geneseo AVA of Paso Robles to source grapes for all his wines.
Both Rosés are superb examples of what Erick is trying to accomplish with his wines. They exude a luscious delicious quality. The 2015 emanates strawberry both in aroma and taste. There are also Bing cherry flavors on the palate that almost reminds one of sweet candy. It is followed by hints of citrus. This wine is a very fruit-forward Rosé.
The 2014 is subtle adding a more complex quality to the wine. The flavors are those of raspberry with hints of citrus.
Both wines have nice acidity and minerality. Unfortunately, 2014 is sold out but 2015 is still available and for Rosé lovers, this wine is a must-try.
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