Primativo Rose (2012)

A surprisingly robust rosé that's off-dry but not sweet, perfect at your backyard barbecue or as an eye-catching aperitif during the holidays.

Wine History: Amador County in California's Sierra foothills is known for luscious red wines (especially Zinfandels and the closely related Primativo) so it's no surprise that this Primativo Rosé is a cut above. Long, sunny autumns ensure a late harvest and perfectly ripe grapes, and the porous soil allows for dry farming, which contributes to a flavorful wine.

Tasting Notes: Primativo Rosé is off-dry with bright acidity and a lingering finish. Aromas of strawberries, guava, and passion fruit mingle with hints of orange blossom to make this one of the new breed of rosés that rely on flavor, not sweetness. Pairs well with fresh garden salad, cheese, fruit, and light fish and pork dishes.

Price: $31.00/bottle; $26.35 Wine Club Members

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