SIP is a new brand by a trio of California wine industry veterans who manage to press all the right buttons: flavor, affordability, eye-pleasing packaging. First for SIP they produced a delicious, delicate Moscato with a hint of spritz. Now they have this dry rosé on the market in their signature tall, clear glass bottle with flat shoulders, screw cap and simple label that says SIP in big letters. This wine is 100 percent Pinot Noir from North Coast appellations including Yountville and Oak Knoll in Napa Valley. Grapes are harvested at lower sugar levels for the acidity and are whole-cluster pressed. I’m impressed with the quality and the different bottle look. The creators are Tyson Rippey, a grape grower and owner of three custom-crush facilities in Carneros and Lodi, and winemakers Barry Gnekow and Joseph Smith who have collaborated on many successful brands including Educated Guess, 7 Deadly Zins, Concrete and Klinker Brick.
SIP Rosé California 2015, $15: The clear glass bottle showcases the pretty pale salmon color. It’s dry and refreshing with a sturdy spine of acidity and vibrant cherry-berry flavors. Alcohol is only 11.5 percent. It’s an ideal wine to pair with food or simply enjoy with friends.
Note: Nielsen data in January showed sales of Rosé are up 27.7 percent in the United States.
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