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Ch. Potelle Paso Robles Riviera Rose 2002

Rosé from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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Winemaker Notes

"Rhônish rosé, this wine is dark in color and in the bold tones of its fruit. Meaty and substantial, it builds on strawberry and mint flavors with lasting red licorice. Ready for a country pork pâté." -Wine & Spirits

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Ch. Potelle

Chateau Potelle

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Chateau Potelle, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
The Chateau Potelle estate of 202 acres is located high on top of Mount Veeder overlooking Napa. Its 35-year-old vines are stressed by 1200 to 2000 foot elevations, poor soils, steep slopes and dry farming, producing low yields and small berries. Natural yeast fermented and unfiltered, these wines are handcrafted by Marketta Formeaux's natural winemaking techniques to create wines that are intense yet balanced.

Paso Robles

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Paso Robles has made a name for itself as a source of supple, powerful, fruit-driven wines wines. But with eleven smaller sub-AVAs, there is actually quite a bit of diversity to be found in this inland portion of California’s Central Coast.

Just east over the Santa Lucia Mountains from the chilly Pacific Ocean, lie the coolest in the region: Adelaida, Templeton Gap and (Paso Robles) Willow Creek Districts, as well as York Mountain AVA and Santa Margarita Ranch. These all experience more ocean fog, wind and precipitation compared to the rest of the Paso sub-appellations. The San Miguel, (Paso Robles) Estrella, (Paso Robles) Geneso, (Paso Robles) Highlands, El Pomar and Creston Districts, along with San Juan Creek, are the hotter, more western appellations of the greater Paso Robles AVA.

This is mostly red wine country, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel standing out as the star performers. Other popular varieties include Merlot, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Grenache and Rhône blends, both red and white. There is a fairly uniform tendency here towards wines that are unapologetically bold and opulently fruit-driven, albeit with a surprising amount of acidity thanks to the region’s chilly nighttime temperatures.

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.

YNG125226_2002 Item# 60669