Timbre Winery Opening Act Rosé 2015: Opening act, indeed. This release is one of the first since winemaker Joshua Klapper changed the name of his 10-year-old La Fenêtre brand to Timbre. But think music, not lumberjacks, for he’s using the term (pronounce it TAM-ber) to refer to what makes the voice remarkable. That’s fitting, for Klapper’s wines always have a lot of voice.

For instance, this rosé is a thrilling and pure expression of some of the best pinot noir in Santa Barbara County, from the Bien Nacido, Presqu’ile, and John Sebastiano vineyards. Crafted in 50 percent stainless and 50 percent neutral French oak, it’s got structure, but it relies mostly on the voice of fine fruit that sings a song of strawberry.

It would be lovely beside some roast chicken and chanterelles as a toast to spring.

See lafenetrewines.com.


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