Colterris “Coral” from the Grand Valley AVA, Colorado
A wine has to be made with a purpose or it’s just another wine. What purpose do we find in this wine from Colterris in the Grand Valley AVA? First, it sports a very attractive coral color with an appealing, light effervescence (first indication of the purpose the winemaker had in mind). Floral notes dominate on the nose and many of the fruits border on white wine fruits: pear, guava, apple, as well as light strawberry notes; some tasters get peach and a light touch of honey that coats the mouth and does not want to let go in the finish.
The effervescence on the palate, the richness of its mouthfeel (which provides a weight that is not expected), the floral notes on the nose, and the smoothness and balance of the alcohol, acids, and flavors make it a very exciting wine to sip and enjoy in a meditative moment or with a pleasant conversation with friends. I would recommend this rosé as a must for your cellar. A touch of sweetness (residual sugar at 6.1 g/l) is not too much and would make it a pleasant match with a light curry dish, something spicy. It may pair well with tilapia, tuna salad, ahi tuna, shrimp with cocktail sauce, parmesan cheese, and I loved it with a simple garden salad.
Emotional rating: Stimulates the happy neurotransmitters — a pleasure — with a little complexity that all good rosés should offer.
Available: Distributed by Classic Wines. You can contact them to find a retailer near you.
You’ll find many great Colorado wines described in my books, “Experiencing Colorado Wine, Volume 1 – The Dry Red Wines ” and “Experiencing Colorado Wine, Volume 2 – The Whites and Rosés.” Volume 1 also provides descriptions of the pairing of several Colorado wines with a great recipes by great Colorado chefs.