Toad Hollow Eye of the Toad Dry Rose’ Conquers Summer’s Heat

Schools are back in session.  Football games are starting.  But Summer is not giving up.  Her heat is heavy and thick.

I sat with Summer and enjoyed her for all she had to give.  A well-chilled dry rose’ was my companion.


Sweat trickled down my temple while cool droplets meandered down the wine bottle.

A spot in the shade was perfect for sipping on the Toad Hollow 2012 Dry Rose’ of Pinot Noir, the Eye of the Toad, from Sonoma County.

Made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes, the juice is allowed to sit on the skins just long enough to extract fresh fruit flavors and its blushing rose hue.  The wine is fermented cool in stainless steel tanks then goes straight to the bottle.  The bottle is adorned with a whimsical wine-drinking frog who seems to beckon me to join him in a glass.

The resulting wine is full of energy and freshness.  Aromas are of sweet cherry and flowers.  The palate is delicate but full of fresh cranberry and watermelon along with hints of strawberry.  For all its fresh, sweet fruit, this rose’ is beautifully bone dry and finishes with a crisp zest of lime.

We served some spicy-garlicky salsa alongside and the fresh acidity of this wine comfortably cooled the palate.

The Eye of the Toad’s fresh, light style and crisp finish made it a perfect companion for Summer’s ruthless heat.

About the author: Sue Navratil

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