Robert Sinskey Vin Gris of pinot noir was a wine I discovered accidentally. An old boss decided to open a bottle so everyone could try it. As soon as I took a sip I said "@#$% you!" because I knew I was buying a bottle.
This light, elegant rose pinot noir has something just short of effervescence, a crispness from dissolved CO2. It definitely calls to mind strawberries and finishes with a hint of acidity. It is a nice rose for a hot day--a commonly statement about light crisp roses. Remember that when someone says something has a fruit flavor they are not necessarily referring to sweetness but other parts of the fruit's flavor. This wine is dry as a bone.
I don't always think of what food to have with a wine but here I couldn't help thinking of having this with some light fair--cheese (nothing to stinky) and dried fruits. I wouldn't want to fruit to be too sweet or too acidic. This is a wine to serve cold.
"Is this sweet?" is a common question aimed at a bottle of rose. Perhaps this is because the wine is pink and pretty and just SEEMS like it should be sweet. Perhaps they are recalling days of yore when white zinfandel ruled the grocery store shelves. Sweet roses, however, seem to have gone out of fashion these days; they are rare birds.
This is a Carneros pinot noir and if you can find a bad wine from there I will eat my hat.