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Carol Shelton Rendezvous Rose 2015

Rosé from North Coast, California
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13% ABV
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3.7 17 Ratings
13% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Light cranberry color, juicy strawberry-watermelon fruit aromas, nice mineral, hint of pink grapefruit. Refreshingly crisp and dry. Great with almost any food, from sushi to salmon to BBQ!
Blend: 90% Carignane, 4% Zinfandel, 1.5% Pinot Noir, 1.5% Petite Sirah, 1.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.5% Viognier.

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WE 91
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One of the deepest colored rosés around, this wine has fresh, exuberant red-fruit aromas, while flavors bring as much complexity and depth as many full-fledged reds. Made from Carignane grapes, it does not follow the current vogue of pale-pink wines and is worth seeking out for its concentration.
WW 90
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
One of greatest factors that often prevents wine lovers from drinking rosé wines is the sometimes pinkish color and uncertainty as to whether the wine is a blush—a Kool Aid kind of wine—or a real rosé—a serious wine for oenophiles. The 2015 Carol Shelton Rendezvous Rosé is made for all wine drinkers. The wine begins with a deep cranberry color and delivers rich fruit that speaks of the grape varieties and not of candy; crisp and flavorful in the finish. Pair with sashimi and see how well the match works. Drinks superbly now. (Tasted: July 5, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
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Carol Shelton

Carol Shelton

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Carol Shelton, North Coast, California
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Carol Shelton is widely cited as the most awarded winemaker in the United States. She has won countless medals for her wines and has been honored as Winemaker of the Year numerous times. After years of working with some of the industry's top winemakers and wineries, Carol continues to win awards and accolades for premium Zinfandels produced under her own brand, Carol Shelton Wines.

In 2000 Carol and her husband Mitch Mackenzie, a former software engineer, launched their own brand – Carol Shelton Wines. Faced with the opportunity to create her own identity and focus on whatever varietals she wanted, Carol chose Zinfandel.

North Coast

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Encompassing the grape-growing regions located north of San Francisco, the North Coast AVA includes six counties: Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano. Napa and Sonoma get all of the attention, but there are a few other counties producing great wine in Northern California. Two notable examples are Mendocino and Lake County, the northernmost winegrowing regions in the state. These AVAs are very different, both from their neighbors to the south and from one another.

Mendocino benefits from the cooling fog of the Pacific Ocean and is able to successfully grow cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling. There is a significant focus here on organic viticulture. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Sauvignon Blanc are the dominant varieties. Both regions are excellent sources of high-quality but affordable California wines in a wide range of styles.

Rosé Wine

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Whether it’s playful and fun or savory and serious, most rosé today is not your grandmother’s White Zinfandel, though that category remains strong. Pink wine has recently become quite trendy, and this time around it’s commonly quite dry. It is produced throughout the world from a vast array of grape varieties, but the most successful sources are California, southern France (particularly Provence), and parts of Spain and Italy.

Since the pigment in red wines comes from keeping fermenting juice in contact with the grape skins for an extended period, it follows that a pink wine can be made using just a brief period of skin contact—usually just a couple of days. The resulting color will depend on the grape variety and the winemaking style, ranging from pale salmon to deep magenta. These wines are typically fresh and fruity, fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel to preserve the primary aromas and flavors. Most rosé, with a few notable exceptions, should be drunk rather young, within a few years of the vintage.

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