Arnot Roberts Luschsinger Vineyard Rosé 2013

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photoThere is much more to the “new” California than the re-invention of Chardonnay.

In my opinion Arnot-Roberts is one of the most consistent producers of the “new” California. While they do make a Chardonnay, I chose not to include it in my spotlight, mainly because their true expertise lies in unusual varieties, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Everything they make meets a baseline standard not just of quality but also of intrigue. Even this rosé, their simplest wine, is filled with character and charm, perfectly built for food, and a true expression of their philosophy. Made from the Portuguese grape Touriga Nacional from the Luchsinger vineyard, this is not your typical sweet and rich California rosé nor is it your overly acidic, insipid “lean” rosé. It is, rather, an authentic expression of the basic character of Touriga Nacional, California fruit, and Arnot-Robert’s preference for mouth-watering acidity.

The reason? The Luschsinger vineyard lies in the Clear Lake AVA, which is in Lake County, not too far east of the better known Anderson Valley in Mendocino County. Clear Lake is one of the coolest AVAs in California. The vineyard is quite high elevation at 1,400 feet above seal level and it sees significant diurnal shifts. Soils are volcanic alluvium.

The wine is delicious. Juicy, saline, clean, light red berry fruit. A rosé with character, and ideal food friendliness. 11.5% ABV. If it means anything, Arnot-Roberts is one of the few wineries whose mailing list I am on and regularly purchase from.

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