SoloRosa Rose 2003
Rosé from California
SoloRosa 2003 is bone dry yet brimming with bright raspberry, cherry, citrus and spice flavors. Lush and round textured, it's balanced by tangy acidity, a flinty mineral core and just a hint of grapefruit on the finish. We're proud to say our wine serves up layered complexity, but it's also packed with plenty of hedonistic fun.
Enjoy SoloRosa with a summer barbecue, but also serve it in a refined setting, where it pairs well with seafood, spice, fine sauces, poultry, game and other red meats.
Dare we say that it goes well with just about anything? In a word, yes.
Our dry rosé is a blend of 50 percent Sangiovese from Atlas Peak in Napa Valley, 40 percent Merlot from the Levantini Vineyard in Lodi, plus 5 percent Barbera and Zinfandel, respectively—both from Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. The wine is barrel fermented dry, and goes through malolactic fermentation prior to blending after 5 months in 2-to-5-year-old French oak barrels.
The Gourmet tasting panel's NUMBER ONE pick out of 50 international rosés tasted blind. "Very complex nose, with violets, grapefruit, and herbs. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, raspberry flavors, with a citrus finish."
Los Angeles Times
"The one glass that goes with everything....SoloRosa is another superb California rosé...It's lively mélange of red-fruit flavors (mainly raspberry, cranberry and strawberry) ride on a creamy texture that results from aging in neutral oak barrels."
SoloRosa Wines Winery
SoloRosa Wines, the only winery in the New World devoted exclusively to dry rosé. The wine is made from a blend of Sangiovese, Syrah, and Merlot grapes, mostly from Napa and Sonoma counties.
Jeff Morgan is better known as a wine writer than a winemaker. He was West Coast Editor for Wine Spectator from 1995 through 1999 and released his cookbook: Dean & DeLuca; The Food and Wine Cookbook in 2002. Jeff and his wife, Jodie, have just released a second cookbook called The Working Parents Cookbook. The wordsmith is also currently Editor at Large for Wine Enthusiast. Next year, look for his newest tome, The Book of Rosé, which features over 200 pink wines from around the world.
But most people don’t know that Jeff started his wine career working in the cellar and vineyards of a small winery in Long Island, New York. Before that, he was a saxophone player---the bandleader at the Grand Casino in Monte Carlo, in Monaco. That’s where he developed a love for fine rosé.
Daniel Moore has made wine for two decades in Northern California. He recently finished a 13-year stint as winemaker at Lynmar Winery in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, where his Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were highly acclaimed. Today he has started a new winery, Arista, also in the Russian River Valley, where the focus will be on Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.
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About Other California
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few.
Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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.