A delightful, balanced, and complex rosé from Hidden Bench…
Name: Locust Lane Rosé
Producer: Hidden Bench Vineyards and Winery
Region/Country: Beamsville Bench, Ontario, Canada
Grape Varietal(s): Unknown
Consumed: At home
Recommended By: Harald Thiel, Proprietor and Vigneron
Cost: $19.75 (from the winery)
Bottle Presentation: Simple, recognizable label.
Appearance: Pale salmon, although you could certainly find much lighter offerings, especially from Southern France.
Nose: Medium nose consisting of citrus (lime and pink grapefruit), strawberry, floral notes, mineral notes, and, perhaps, a touch terroir.
Taste: Medium-full bodied, high acidity, and low-medium tannins, with notes of strawberries, pink grapefruit rind, chalk, and minerality.
Finish: Long pink grapefruit rind finish.
Overall Impression: Another outstanding offering from Hidden Bench. We particularly appreciated the balance and complexity, with different flavours emerging over time. Although you could sip this rosé on its own, it would pair well with a variety of dishes, including salads, seafood, poultry, pork, and grilled vegetables. You could easily replace a light red with this wine, especially in the summer. We will definitely be picking up another couple of bottles the next time we visit the Beamsville region. Unfortunately, this wine is only sold at the winery. But, Ontario residents can order and get it shipped to them – we may just have to do that ourselves.
Rating (from 70 to 100): 90/100