2013 Clendenen Santa Maria Valley Mondeuse Rosé

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Mondeuse is a varietal that is indigenous to the Savoie region of France. In California, it's sometimes found in old vineyards. Au Bon Climat winemaker Jim Clendenen, internationally renowned for his international reputation for his Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, makes more unusual and fun wines under his family label. He's made a lovely rosé from Mondeuse here, great for spring and summer sipping, and for bringing to your next tasting or dinner party to enjoy and demonstrate that yes, exciting, obscure varietal wines are also coming out of California!

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2014 | Send Email
Each year here at K&L the advent of warmer weather yields a brand new crop of rosé wines from all over the world. Rosés are the perfect summer wine – dry (for the most part), lighter in body, yet robust in character and flavor. I try to taste as broadly as possible in the early days yet, inevitably, one or two become my favorites and we end up drinking our way through a case or two over the summer. The early favorite this year was, rather unexpectedly, the 2013 Clendenen Santa Maria Valley Mondeuse Rosé. A bit obscure, Mondeuse is found primarily in the Savoy region of France. Jim Clendenden, of Au Bon Climat, maintains a few rows of the grape in the Bien Nacido vineyard. In some years, he adds a small amount to Pinot Noir for his Santa Barbara County bottling. The same grape makes for a bright, tangy rosé, very dry and crisp in style, with tart red fruits and a refreshing minerality. Delicious.

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2014 | Send Email
This wine blew us away! Strawberry and pomegranate fruit, mild black tea leaf texture, and bright acid lead to a very refreshing rose. It was an instant staff favorite!

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/19/2014 | Send Email
The 2013 Mondeuse Rose from Clendenen Family is just silly good. We really didn’t know what to expect from this wine when we tasted it right after bottling in March, but did it ever knock our socks off. Only Jim could come up with something that is so far out in left field yet undeniably delicious. With its bright, juicy, red-fruited nature and mouthwatering acidity, this is easily drinkable by the bottle. Cherry skin, pomegranate seeds, wet stone and white floral notes combine to make one amazing rosé. Once we brought this back from a recent buying trip and tasted the staff on the wines it instantly became the staff’s favorite Domestic rosé. Summer is almost here-- is your rosé stock adequate?

Staff Image By: Jason Marwedel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2014 | Send Email
This is one of my top rosé picks for the summer! Incredibly light in hue, resembling in color the rosés of Provence. Marked by refreshing acidity and an intriguing saline character, this is a wine unto its own. There is softness to the mid-palate, and just enough fruit to please a crowd. This wine will make repeat appearances for me in the months to come.

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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.