Picnic Wine Company over the past year or so, particularly the Chenin Blanc, their first commercial release. Later additions to their line up included a Grenache and a Grenache rosé. Today we got a sneak peek at their 2013 rose; scheduled for release later this spring.
Unlike the 2012 rosé which was 100% Grenache, the 2013 Picnic Wine Company Blue Plate rosé, Lodi is a blend of Grenache and an unspecified amount of the obscure Flora grape. A genetic cross between Gewürztraminer and Semillon, Flora delivers a distinct floral spiciness on the nose as well as a mouth-coating waxiness on the palate. From what I understand, Schramsberg and Picnic Wine Company are the only two wineries who get fruit from the one vineyard still planted to Flora in California. Combined with the crushed raspberry and herb of the Grenache, this blend produces a stunning dry rosé with wonderful acidity and an long, minerally finish. I really can't wait to get this one in the warehouse and then get it circulating throughout Kansas! Quite a nice little summer sipper for $12, this should accompany all forms of salads, cold seafood and light pasta dishes as well as a sunset on the back porch.
Disclaimer: I am the wholesaler for Picnic Wine Company in the State of Kansas.