2011 Ojai California Rosé

SKU #1095031 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (a blend of syrah, grenache and mourvedre, fermented entirely with whole clusters): Pale pink. Highly perfumed bouquet evokes dried red fruits, rose and musky herbs. Light and tangy on the palate, offering bitter red fruit flavors and a hint of blood orange. Closes with good energy and lift, leaving tart citrus notes behind.  (11/2012)

K&L Notes

From the winery: "We make our rosé just like a white wine, gently placing whole clusters of red grapes directly in the press without crushing first, and this produces a wine that is more aromatic and livelier. In the old days we used to make it dark, soft, and full to the point that it could have been confused with Pinot Noir. The wine was a meal in itself. But I have turned away from that style and now prefer rosés light and zippy- so much easier to slurp down with lunch on an unbearably hot day! This 2011 is made from Mourvedre (50%) from Vogelzang Vineyard in Santa Ynez, Grenache (25%) from Rich Vineyard in Ojai and Syrah (25%) from Roll Ranch in Ojai. Aromatically the wine is already showing pretty red fruit scents and possesses an underlying wildness that is so characteristic of Mourvedre. The flavors are relatively plush, but kept in balance by a refreshing crispness."

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Staff Image By: Adam Parry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2012 | Send Email
Oh my Ojai!! This is simply one of the best Californian roses that i have tried. Beautiful pale salmon in colour. Soft delicate fruit on the palate with great acidity and a lifted dry finish.

Staff Image By: Leah Greenstein | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2012 | Send Email
This is a great follow-up to last year's Ojai Vineyard Rosé, which was easily my favorite domestic pink in the store. It's even better this year! Made from 50% Mourvedre and 25% each Syrah and Grenache, its pale peach color demonstrates that this is no over-the-top bruiser. Rather, this has a floral, peach and nectarine character that dances with vibrant acidity on the palate. Pour this in a blind tasting alongside your favorite Provençal rosés--you may not know which is which!

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United States

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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.