Bella Luna Dry Rosé

Review by Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier 
The Bella Luna Dry Rosé is a light bodied, dry rosé with an orange-ish pink hue. The aromas are super funky with cherry Jolly Rancher, watermelon, and a little “Stride Rite leather shoe” characteristic. I promise striderite2you, I am not even making this aroma up.

On the palate the wine has a light to medium body with a slight effervescence. Raspberry and earthy terroir coat the palate as the zippy-ness of this rather unique wine brings a huge, refreshing smile to my face. Really a cool wine that demands to be sought out! Cheers!

Tansey’s Blind rating – 92 Points

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Dryness Level

Wine Selection – Piccolo Rosso 

Producer – Bella Luna Winery 

Wine Makers – Lukas & Nichole Finn 

Vintage – 2014

Varietals – 50% Barbera, 50% Sangiovese 

Region – Templeton GapPaso Robles, California 

Alcohol – 12.9%

Case Production – 100 Cases 

Food Pairing – Hot dogs, cheese, salads, chicken, seafood

What is a Dry Rosé? 

Dry rosé is red wine that has only sat with its grape skins for a short period of time. Most grapes–red and white–are actually white on the inside. The wine obtains its color by allowing the juice to sit with the skins during what is called the maceration period. Rosé can be made with any red wine grape varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, etc… They are lighter bodied, dry wines, with subtle red fruit taste characteristics, very little tannin, but less acidity than most white wines. They are a lot of fun during the hot summer months, as they are typically served chilled, and pair so well with most summer time food pairings. Don’t be afraid of the pink. Cheers! Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier

About the Winery 

Bella Luna Winery started some 38 years ago in the hearts and minds of its founders, Kevin Healey and Sherman Smoot. Kevin had just returned from honorably serving his country in Vietnam and Sherman was training as a Navy fighter pilot preparing to do the same. Having grown up together as best friends in the Paso Robles AVA, they shared a passion for wine.

Today, Bella Luna Estate Winery is a small family winery focuses on Italian varietals, making small lot productions of premium red wine, located on five acres in the Templeton gap area of the famous Paso Robles AVA.

The winemaking style includes dry-farmed vines and natural (wild) yeast fermentation. Kevin and Sherman grew up around these natural winemaking practices, which they continue to use today. They believe it further enhances the wines character and are delighted to be able to share these sought after fine wines with friends and enophiles.