Press Gang Cellars Savanna Rhea Grenache Rosé 2013: The only bad thing about this delightful rosé is that winemaker Kyle Knapp made a mere 24 cases of it. Knapp, who in addition to owning this garagiste outfit is also the assistant winemaker at Beckmen Vineyards, has a thing for Grenache, and picks grapes specifically for this wine—it’s no saignée, and therefore fuller-flavored despite its gorgeous pale pink hue.
While Knapp jokes, “I have dubbed this the perfect ‘breakfast wine,’” it’s best to think of it as a Santa Barbara take on France’s famed Tavel, vividly acidic with plenty of bright strawberry fruit. Fine to sip on a picnic or in one’s backyard while also being a perfect match for grilled lemon chicken or any salmon dish.
Savanna Rhea is Knapp’s wife, if you wondered, so it’s got to be good wine or he’d be in big trouble around his house. See pressgangcellars.com.