"Indica" Mendocino County
60 year old vine, head-pruned CARIGNAN (Southern France and Spanish grape) from Redwood Valley, Mendocino County.The orange-y color leads one to believe that this will be a very dry Rose wine, and one would be right. Lots of black & white pepper, a little wild cherry and ruby red grapefruit. Quite high acidity and fruit flavors that come out when drinking with the right foods.
From email newsletter, April 25, 2012:
LIOCO makes great wines, and we like selling them (their Hirsch Vineyard 2009 Pinot Noir comes to mind). Needless to say, we were very excited to discover their fantastic 2011 Rosé, and even more excited to give you the chance to buy it before it is all gone until next year.
The grapes (carignan) are from Mendocino County, and the more orange-y than pink color makes us think more of Southern France than of California. It's light on its feet, just a little bit fruity (wild cherries and ruby red grapefruit), bone dry, with a little dusting of pepper. This is austere, elegant and delicious Rosé. It's great for al fresco dining; even better with lots of friends.
So grab some friends, a bag of ice, a bucket and a few bottles of this Rosé, and head to the patio, because it's summertime.
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