2012 Arnot-Roberts Lake County Rosé

SKU #1125094 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (80% touriga nacional and 20% tinta cao, from fruit picked at 21 degrees Brix): Pale orange. A wild, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes red berries, potpourri and tarragon, with smoke and mineral overtones. On the palate, sappy redcurrant and blood orange flavors are complemented by a deeper note of licorice that sneaks in on the back half. Finishes tangy and incisive, with the floral element echoing.  (7/2013)

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Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/14/2013 | Send Email
One of the opening salvos in this year’s roses may be one of our best new introductions to our domestic rose lineup. I can’t say I have sampled too many California wines of any color made from Touriga Nacional & Tinta Cao, but on the strength of this example, I’d certainly be glad to try more. A real high mountain stream of a wine, this is taut, vibrant, and refreshing, with light flavors of cantaloupe and pomelo and an implied bitterness behind. The only off note is that it is likely to be as long gone as the cherry blossoms by the time the weather catches up: grab some while you can!

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