For the past few weeks, I’ve been alternating between red and white wines for The Weekly Wine. This week I am mixing it up a bit and featuring a truly unique rosé, the 2015 brick & mortar Sonoma Coast Rosé of Pinot Noir. I am not a fan of Rosé as I never recovered
from the days of White Zinfandel (1970s and 80s) sugary characteristics. I would not have tried this wine but I know this winemaker and his ability to create unique and different out of the box wines from traditional grape styles, Matt Iaconis stands out like a weathered veteran of the California Wine industry with a passion for quality and creativity, but he isn’t even 30 yet. He’s found the perfect balance between life and work, being a new and involved father (really good thing), and the owner/winemaker at brick & mortar wines (yes is it supposed to be lower case), where he produces small, creatively unique batches of wines from a varieties of grapes. In short he has quality figured out.
This Rose has all the characteristics of a great crisp white wine (drink it all day in the sun) but a flavor profile that yells Pinot Noir from start to finish. Oh, I forgot to mention it has no syrupy sweetness at all. It hits you from the beginning with a classic tart Pinot Noir flavor profile of slightly under ripe plum, and cassis. I even love the mystery of the Blank Front Label. You can only get this wine directly from brick and mortar but don’t wait because they have a following and all their vintages go fast. If you are interested in more detail about this wine check out my tasting notes and formal review on the Wine Review page of my blog.