The San Francisco Chronicle rated dry roses over the past weekend. They liked Isabel’s Cuvee
2009 Donkey and Goat Isabel’s Cuvee Mendocino Grenache Rosé ($18): The slightly cloudy look of Jared and Tracey Brandt’s excellent rosé hints at their natural winemaking. In this case, half the Grenache fruit (from 90-year-old vines) was left on skins for 36 hours, the other half quickly pressed. The result is earthy, briny and contemplative, like salted strawberry licorice with a peach overtone.