With the weather hopefully turning a little warmer, I'd like to revisit a very nice rose I discovered last spring. It's another winner from the Santa Ynez Valley. This pink wine really impressed me. If you're looking for a great find for summer, Panky certainly qualifies. It was a little difficult to find last year, but it's worth the trouble. Panky is produced by Fontes & Phillips Wines in the Happy Canyon region of the Santa Ynez Valley Their website said "coming soon" when I last checked it, but the email address worked when I wanted to find some Panky for myself. There's also a Facebook page. I also understand Panky can be found at several retail outlets in the Santa Barbara area.
A clear Rhone-style bottle reveals the salmon color that seems tinged with gold in the light. It's quite impressive visually. The Happy Canyon pink consists of 38% Syrah, 36% Cinsaut and 26% Grenache. I could not find an alcohol content number on the label, but I would not guess it was much over 13.5%. The label is rather plain, save for the name. "Panky" is printed in mixed-font "ransom note" style. I was told this was produced by Fontes and Phillips, but the label shows that it is bottled by the "Kerr E. Nation Wine Company - Buellton, CA." To find it, you may have to "axe" around.
A very fruity sniff awaits you, especially if the wine is not overly chilled. Grapefruit and apricot lead the way, but there seems to be a lot at work in the aroma department. Very interesting.
Panky is not extremely dry, but it's certainly not on the sweet end of the spectrum. There is a buttery texture on the tongue, but it's not overplayed. I find a creaminess that's almost trying to hide. Vanilla notes play against an orange peel tartness. I thought it was a complicated wine the first time I tried it, and I still think so. There is a very good acidity level and Panky goes well with salads, fish...probably an omelet, too.