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As promised in our previous post regarding the resurgence of California Rosé here are two outstanding wines very worthy of your consideration. These two wines show the light and dark end of the spectrum with the Radio-Coteau sourced from the Champagne Pinot and the Robert Craig sourced from the Zinfandel grape.

Robert Craig – La Fleur Rosé 2010

DdV: 92
WS: n/a
WA: n/a
Price: $21.00
Blend: 100% Zinfandel
Source: Black Sears Vineyard – Napa Valley

This is the wine that peaked my interest in California Rosé.  An elegant and complex old world style masterpiece.  Crisp, dry and refreshing, you couldn’t find a more perfect warm weather drinker than this.

Wonderful strawberry notes on the nose that gives way to  bright bold raspberry and grapefruit on the mid palate with a very refreshing finish of mineral and a hint of spice.

This works fine all by itself but pairs perfectly with light pasta, salad, and grilled seafood dishes.  If you love your grilled oysters, this is the perfect match.

Radio-Coteau County Line Rosé 2010

DdV: 91
WS: n/a
WA: n/a
Price: $20.00
Blend: 100% Champagne Clone Pinot Noir
Source: Anderson Valley

This is a truly refreshing, light wine yet has a great deal of complexity and elegance.  Made from Champagne clone Pinot Noir, the subtle yet bright mineral notes and fragrant floral nose is truly inviting.  A light berry gives way to juicy peach and citrus.  This finish is crisp and long for a wine this light.

Great with creamy cheeses, shellfish, light pasta, salad and grilled fish.

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