Have we talked about Rosewood yet? Have we sat down, over a glass of vino, and discussed their wines in detail? No? Well, take a seat friends, because that time is now. Rarely do I find a winery where I love everything on their list, but Rosewood is one of those wineries. From whites to rosés to reds to Pet-Nats, there’s something special going on in Beamsville, ON. When visiting, it takes all my willpower not to buy a case of everything. After visiting in the spring and not buying a bottle of Notorious P.T.G., I was kicking myself, so when the July long weekend rolled around, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a bottle.
The Wine: Notorious P.T.G., Rosewood
The Price: $25.00
The Grape: 80% Gamay, 20% Pinot Noir
The Location: Beamsville, ON
P.T.G. stands for Passe-Tout-Grains. Bourgogne Passe-Tout-Grains is an appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC), for wine that’s from the Burgundy region in France. Traditionally Bourgogne Passe-Tout-Grains is made from a cuvée (a cuvée is a winemaker’s blend) of Pinot Noir and Gamay.
Rosewood’s blend is bursting with earthy goodness. It’s of the soil, of the earth; there’s a richness here, which speaks to the depth of the terroir in this particular area. This is a wine that’s meant to be shared with friends. Served slightly chilled, it’s wine to be talked about, discussed, while you find notes of cherries, hints of more red fruit and plum, which come through strongly. It’s a gorgeous colour, unfiltered, wild fermented, no sulfites added — which enhances everything about this wine. Juicy as fuck, floral on the nose, this is a crushable red, but one that’s meant to be savoured. With subtle richness and complexities, I could drink this nightly.
Now that I’ve got you salivating for this wine, you ready for the bad news? Well, it’s completely sold out at the winery, but if you’re in the Toronto area you can find this at some exceptional bars including: Bar Raval and Midfield.