To all Best Winers,
Combine the former owner of Napa’s greatest Cult Cabernet, Screaming Eagle, with one of the world’s greatest winemaking consultants (also previously at Screaming Eagle), then toss in one of South Africa’s greatest wineries, and what do you get?
Fabulous Rosé, of course.
That’s right, instead of lush, impossible-to-get $1200 a bottle South African Cabernet (which could be on the horizon for all we know) we are instead greeted by kick-butt pink wine.
You have to start somewhere, right? And granted, Mulderbosch wasn’t necessarily broken when the U.S.-based Terroir Capital team, led by Charles Banks, swooped in to purchase the property at the end of 2010. Charles knew that the current Mulderbosch winemaking team, now guided by Andy Erickson, past and present consultant extraordinaire for such Napa luminaries as Dalla Valle, Arietta, Ovid, Dancing Hare, Screaming Eagle, Staglin Family Vineyard, Harlan Estate and Spottswoode, might glean a thing or two as great wine-minds melded and magic ensued.
But that ‘magic’ has to start somewhere, and why shouldn’t it start with this brilliant bottle of pink wine? Rosé can be a very good yardstick of where a winery is at, as it’s a transparent wine but also an oft-forgotten wine that many wineries take for granted to huck out on the tasting room floor. This is not that Rosé.
The 2012 Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé was sourced from vineyards grown with the intent and purpose to make great pink wine from the start. This is important to note, as many pink wines are afterthoughts as they are a saignée (the French term for the ‘bleeding’ of juice from a wine vat) used to intensify the color and intensity of the juice remaining in the tank. When grapes are grown specifically to produce Rosé, our attention and thought process turns more towards the wines of Provence, where they are masters at the pink wine game.
Though we have to say this wine is a bit hardier than your typical Provencal Rosé. Deep strawberry in color, the wine exudes those same strawberry flavors on the palate, with varietal hints of red currant as well as a touch of citrus. It is also imbued with the same character and attention to detail that made Banks’ team such a hit during their great run at Screaming Eagle.
Does it taste like Screaming Eagle Rosé? Dunno, and I don’t think Screagle ever made one, though I’m not on their mailing list so I wouldn’t know…but it is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon if that helps!
What I do know is this is one of the finest pink wine deals we’ll come across this year, especially at this very special, one-time price. Originally sporting a $12 retail (still not a bad price given the quality) we are offering this killer pink for a measly $7.88 while stocks last.
We don’t believe you’ll find a better deal on a Rosé, though you never know what we may dig up next…
Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon, Proprietors, BestWinesOnline.com