Blend: 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 22% Malbec, 20% Merlot, 5% Tempranillo, and 2% San Juan Island-grown quince
Taste: On the nose, the Piquette Rosé offers vibrant aromas of ripe strawberries, fresh cherries, and a subtle hint of quince. A trace of floral undertones and a whisper of wet stone add complexity to the bouquet. The palate echoes the nose with bright flavors of juicy strawberry and red cherry, complemented by a zesty acidity that brings balance and freshness. The slight effervescence provides an invigorating mouthfeel, while subtle notes of citrus and minerality offer depth and intrigue. The wine concludes with a crisp, clean finish, leaving a pleasant and refreshing aftertaste that entices the drinker to take another sip.
Pairing: This versatile Piquette Rosé is an excellent companion to a wide range of dishes. Its bright acidity and delicate fruit flavors make it a delightful match for light appetizers such as crostini topped with goat cheese and smoked salmon or prosciutto and melon. Seafood dishes like grilled shrimp, seared scallops, or a classic bouillabaisse will harmonize beautifully with the wine's refreshing qualities (or check out the recipe below!). Its crispness also complements richer dishes, such as chicken piccata or a creamy risotto, cutting through the richness and cleansing the palate between bites.
For vegetarian options, the 2021 Madrone Cellars Piquette Rosé pairs exceptionally well with a variety of dishes that incorporate fresh, seasonal ingredients. Enjoy it alongside a colorful mixed greens salad topped with fresh berries, toasted nuts, and a tangy vinaigrette. The wine's bright acidity and effervescence also make it an ideal match for a Mediterranean-inspired mezze platter, featuring items such as marinated olives, roasted red peppers, and creamy hummus. For heartier fare, consider pairing it with a flavorful vegetable paella or a rich, roasted vegetable lasagna, where the wine's crispness will balance the dish's savory flavors.
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About. Founded in 2017 by San Juan Island natives Shaun and Amy Salamida, Madrone Cellars & Cider has quickly made a name for itself in the Washington State wine industry. With an extensive portfolio of French-inspired wines and ciders, Madrone's focus on quality and purity has attracted wine lovers from far and wide. Among their most fascinating creations is the 2021 Madrone Cellars Piquette Rosé, a refreshing and easy-drinking wine with a unique story.
The Essence of Madrone Cellars & Cider
Madrone Cellars & Cider was born out of Shaun and Amy Salamida's desire to create their own winery experience based on their personal ideals. With a strong connection to San Juan Island, the couple wanted their wines and ciders to reflect their travels and the memories tied to the taste, smells, and textures of different destinations. Aiming for an unadulterated wine experience, Madrone focuses on the quality and purity of their products, which has resonated with wine and cider enthusiasts alike.
The 2021 Piquette Rosé: A Celebration of Simplicity
Piquette, a low-alcohol, easy-drinking wine style, dates back to ancient Greek and Roman times. Traditionally considered a cheap-to-produce drink for slaves and field workers, piquette has experienced a revival in recent years for its refreshing and unpretentious qualities. Madrone Cellars' 2021 Piquette Rosé is a testament to this simplicity, crafted from a blend of 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 22% Malbec, 20% Merlot, 5% Tempranillo, and 2% San Juan Island-grown quince.
This unfiltered sparkling wine has a low ABV and features bright notes of strawberry and cherry. Best enjoyed with crostini, Samish Bay Ladysmith cheese, or Coro Classic salami, the 2021 Piquette Rosé is a versatile addition to any gathering or meal.
A Sustainable Future for Wine
Madrone's mission is to produce quality wines and ciders that contribute to preserving the integrity of the ecosystem. By partnering with Salmon Safe and LIVE certified vineyards, as well as local farmers practicing organic principles, Madrone seeks to be a responsible and environmentally conscious winery.
The 2021 Madrone Cellars Piquette Rosé is not only a delightful and refreshing wine, but also a reflection of the winery's commitment to sustainable practices and quality production. With its unpretentious charm and delicious flavor profile, this Piquette Rosé is a must-try for both wine and beer enthusiasts alike. In an industry often focused on complexity and exclusivity, Madrone's Piquette Rosé serves as a reminder that sometimes, simplicity truly does win out.
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