The Lullaby Winery 2007 Rosé is a classic see-thru light red rosé from Walla Walla, in an unusual sized bottle, 500 ml. Although most rosé wines benefit from being served well chilled, that is not true for this Grenache based rosé. Initially the wine was too cold, obliterating the nose of this rosé. After the wine warmed up to room temperature, the aromas appeared – predominantly strawberry with a hint of cherry. The fruit continued in the mouth in a restrained manner. This Washington wine has a light body, is balanced and had plenty of acid to make it food friendly. The Lullaby rosé paired nicely with Nancy’s appetizer of feta cheese and sage wrapped in proscuitto. We also tried it with chipotle shrimp tostadas and smoked salmon. The chipotle flavoring of the tostadas was tempered by the slaw making it a surprising match with this rosé. For my palate, the smoked salmon was not an enjoyable pairing. The wood smoke flavoring was delicious but was too potent for this elegantly restrained wine.
Lullaby wines are made in Washington by French winemaker, Virginie Bourgue. According to Bourgue, 500 ml is a common size for a bottle of rosé in Provence. She states that the 500 ml is just the right size for four people to have a glass as part of a meal, or not too big for a couple of people to finish off in an evening. The goal is to finish the bottle once open because rosé wines do not keep well when opened. This rosé reflects Virginie Bourgue’s old world wine making style, resulting in a dry rosé that is quite subtle and restrained, especially when compared to many Washington rosé wines created in a new world style, sweet and with concentrated fruit flavors.
The key to this Washington rosé is serve it at room temperature and enjoy it with others, with a meal.