A to Z Rose 2008
Rosé from Rogue River Valley, Oregon
A beautiful depth of color accents the juicy, primary fresh flavors with supporting actors of bright red currants, cranberry, red raspberries, plum and spice providing roundess and richness. The wine lingers and lingers, ultimately finishing crisp and leaving one begging for another sip.
Comes from Sangiovese grapes grown in Southern Oregon's Del Rio Vineyard located 36 miles north of the California border.
International Wine Cellar - "Deep pink. Raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by notes of cracked pepper and flowers. Round and juicy in the mouth, offering gently sweet red fruit flavors and hints of citrus pith and peppery bitterness. Ample enough to handle rich foods but also on the dry side, so it would work well by itself."
A to Z Winery
Founded in 2002, A to Z Wineworks is Oregon's fastest growing winery. The business model is simple: to produce and market Oregon's best wine values by concentrating on their core competencies of acquisition, blending and marketing.
A to Z has a bargain with other wineries from whom they source wines that they will not reveal their identities; component wines could be from any winery in Oregon from A to Z. This winery wanted a name that suggested that their wines are blended from many sources. A to Z builds their blends to craft balanced wines that aim to embody the essence of Oregon rather than reflect a specific single vineyard or A to Z style. View all A to Z Wines
About Rogue River ValleyThe Rogue River Valley is located in southern Oregon, near the towns of Medford and Ashland. Though primarily known for its orchards, vineyard land and wineries are increasing. In the higher elevation areas, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris do best, while in the warmer, lower elevations, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc are finding some success.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.