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Heliotrope Red Moscato 2012

Rosé from California
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10% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

An out-and-out party on the palate, this wine is lively, with plenty of tropical fragrances and ripe fruit. Fresh and crisp, the finish is sublime with a hint of sweetness.

Its casual nature suggests that the wine be paired with lighter fare. Certainly lovely to sip by itself, this Red Moscato goes well with fried chicken, sandwiches, and creamy bisques.

Varietal Blend: 76% Muscat Blanc, 13% Symphony, 5%Gewurztraminer, and 6% Proprietary Red Wine

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
At once delightful and serious, the aromatic '12 Heliotrope Red Moscato is frightfully fun to drink; smooth, nice sugar; acid balance; sweet in the finish.
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Heliotrope

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Heliotrope, California
The Heliotrope flower follows the passage of the sun collecting warmth and energy each day, then turns back again ready for the next sunrise. Their grapes also embrace the brilliance of the California sun developing crisp, ripe fruit characteristics.

California

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Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredible range of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from tiny, family-owned boutiques to massive corporations, and price and production are equally varied. Plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Valley area, while Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

Each American Viticultural Area (AVA) and sub-AVA of has its own distinct personality, allowing California to produce wine of every fashion: from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominate vineyard acreage. Sonoma County is best known for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône Blends blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with cool climate varieties such as Pinot noir, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, any wine lover will find something to get excited about here.

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.

CWL22000412_2012 Item# 138196