Wine Wisdom

With great fruit core and mineral touches, California rose has real swagger

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Made by Carol Shelton Wines, the 2013 Wild Thing Rendezvous rosé uses a wacky blending grape – a southern France and Spanish workhorse – called carignane.

A high yielding, fruitful grape with soft tannins but high acidity, carignane is normally used to add volume and fruit, with tannin and acidity left to others grapes in the blend. But in this case, it is predominately carignane – and it has real swagger.

The wine has a light cranberry color, juicy strawberry-watermelon fruit aromas and nice mineral touches. Refreshingly crisp and dry, this wine has a great fruit core that is magnetic.

This food-friendly selection, which has a fuller body than some roses, has a splash of pink grapefruit that’s a real game-changer. The cost is $17 a bottle. By the way, it won the 2013 “Best of Show” at the Coastal Wine Competition in California against some heavy duty wines.

If you can’t find it locally, try Tramonte and Sons from Cincinnati.

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Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile’s, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.

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