As he intended, just one glance at the colour will make you feel something—most likely, the urge to bring some of that vibrancy back home with you.
To make our liter-bottle rainbow complete, we found a new pal to our beloved Běl, Okr and Nach: say hi to Růž! (The name is once again a simple description of its colour, since "růžová" means pink in Czech.) Actually, this cuvée is not entirely new – I'd made two vintages in the past (2012 and 13) and 2021 felt like a great time for its resurrection. Here's why: I prefer to make a rosé this easy, fresh, "paysan" in the best of senses of the term, rather than making a more "serious" and plump wine, as our F&K Rosé was. (Yes, those of you who can spot a deal: this is a prime raw material in humble disguise, definitely "high value for money“.)
Růž '21 is a blend of Zweigelt, Saint Laurent and Cabernet Sauvignon. Gently foot-stomped, slowly pressed the day after, spontaneously fermented in stainless steel, a material that's sometimes denigrated but that I like to use for wines like this since it keeps them young and fresh. For the same reason, full transparency, Růž has seen a bit of SO2 added (15ppm at bottling). Just like for its Běl sibling, I don't take sulfur as a dogma – I don't use it when not necessary, but here it helps to keep the wine in line with its desired character.
The label is a linocut made by my dear wife Mirka, and the cute bottle and its crown cap transport me right to my childhood, when we used to buy beer or juice in such containers. Also, wine was traditionally drunk in liters in Moravia, since it was basically the equivalent of water back then, haha. Cheers to that.
The only not-local inspiration is the claim, originally describing the striking architecture of Luis Barragán. This famous Mexican architect loved to use vivid pink in his buildings, and I was struck by how fitting the quote was also for our little Růža here.
Wanna drink this? These are the guys to ask where to get my wine in your country.
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