Have you ever had that moment when “save” your writing, be it for class, research, a corporate presentation, etc., only to find you didn’t save it properly? Or, it happens to be just hours before you need to submit your paper/proposal/blog, etc.? Yep. This is where I am, right now. Now, not to say me losing an entire blog post on wine is at all akin to losing a 20 page research paper, or a business proposal, or any other high-stakes piece. It is, however, frustrating none the less. Although my current situation is far, SO FAR, less frustrating than my 3am papers I was needing to submit, once upon a time.
Welcome back! Whether I mean to you or myself, is up to you. It has been two years since my last blog post. TWO YEARS! And this silly site is still running and continues to still rake in new viewers! So about my absence: I’ve been a career graduate student for the last three years. Raising two amazing kiddos with my incredibly supportive husband. Working a variety of part-time jobs on the side. I’ve kept a few extraordinary friends who understood and accepted my (at times) complete lack of contact, yet lost touch with many I thought I would know until the day we die. That’s grad school for you, however. Three-to-four hours of sleep. Grading papers. Creating presentations. Regrading papers. Research. Coffee. Wine and more research. Sleep? Well, where you can (including ten minutes breaks between classes). But, the husband that stays up with you through the wee hours of the morning; the friend that meets you at the drop of a hat, OR puts up with your seemingly endless, “I’m too tired” and STILL loves you and hangs on through the ride; the family who hopes to put on a dinner for you once or twice a month, in hopes you can finally “relax” for a night. These are the amazing people who have helped to keep me afloat for the last five years.
Oh wait! You don’t care about all that (or perhaps you do). Really, this blog is about wine. Not about my “poor me” attitude over graduate school. Really, I’d never change a thing. I was born and bred of hard work. My days off, I find something to work on. My husband and I, we are industrious people by nature. I have found a job I love and look forward too (most days). I graduated this past June and I landed a job. No, there is nothing I have to complain about.
I contemplated writing again upon graduation. Then Edward of Patit Creek Cellars, and a close friend of mine, mentioned he’d “love” my thoughts on their rosé wine. I have written on a few of their wines in the past (here), so I agreed. This was back in May… Oops! But then Sonya approached me, and she runs the wine tasting rooms (all three) and the marketing and the events and the… You get it. Like Edward, she is a close friend of mine. She asked me again to write, I again agreed. But she set a date! This was Friday and she requested Saturday, so here were are. She came with a bottle of the rosé, cheese, and a camera (the audacity! But more on that later). So, what are my thoughts on the 2014 Rosé of Syrah? Well, let’s find out!
The color of this rosé is a light cranberry red. The nose is light, yet bright with a crisp cherry cola, beckoning you to take the first sip. The first sip brightens the palate with the crisp cherry cola, following into a creamy mouthfeel with tart, garden-ripened strawberries. The finish is surprisingly long for a rosé, with a near-effervescent feel, as the light acidity plays on the tongue. Tart, light, and crisp, I highly recommend this wine, whether for your afternoon poolside escape, or for a more secluded evening with friends. This rosé, made up of 100% Syrah grapes, is sure to please!
Patit Creek Cellars 2014 Rosé of Syrah: ★★★★☆ (great wine)
Patit Creek Cellars has three locations in the state of Washington: Walla Walla, Woodinville, and Spokane. You are not likely to find this wine in any store, so I encourage you to visit your local wine room or visit them at http://patitcreekcellars.com. This little gem will set you back no more than $19 from the winery.
Winemakers Notes: Our 2014 Walla Walla Rosé of Syrah expresses bold rhurbarb-strawberry flavors. Made from saigneed (French for “bleed”) juice drained from our fermentation tank. On the palate, the creamy texture and bright acidity make this a great sipping wine. The flavors expand into citrus blossom, cherry cola, and bubble gum.
Disclaimer: I am a volunteer of Patit Creek Cellars, meaning I do not get paid, except for in wine (hard life, I know). Sonya did provide this bottle of wine for free for this review, yet my opinions are still my own. That’s the great thing about friendship, I can be honest!