Late last year, we had an awesome tasting with Kevin Kelley of Salinia Wine Co. and Natural Process Alliance. His juice is nothing short of brilliant and we are anxiously (yet patiently) awaiting to open some of the bottles we brought home with us. A couple of weeks ago we were in a celebratory mood and decided to open up a bottle of NPA 2012 Sparkling Rose. It was just as impressive as when we last sipped it at NPA’s tasting room in Santa Rosa.
This naturally produced Rose hails from Mendocino County and weighs in at 12% alcohol. Kevin bottled it straight from the barrel for us (the wine is part of his bottle exchange program) and crown capped it. The wine opens with aromas of strawberries and red cherries surrounded by hints of minerals. The clean palate has beautiful minerality along with tastes of bright, red fruit. Balanced, delicious, and refreshing…I would sip this all summer if I lived closer!