2015 Navarro Vineyards Rose "Mendocino"
Winery: Navarro Vineyards
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Mendocino"
Wine Category: Rose
Grape blend: 86% Grenache & 14% Carignane
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 672
KWG Score: 91 (based on 1 review)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)
Review date: May 5, 2016
Wine Review: This salmon colored Rose from Navarro is very good. It is made from "Old Vine" Grenache and Carignane. It opens with a fragrant orange creme saver bouquet with hints of banana and coconut. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly acidic, round and mouthwatering. The flavor profile is a bright tangerine with notes of mild minerality and strawberry. I also detected a hint of mango. The finish is dry and its tasty fruit flavors linger and last for quite some time. This Rose is easily quaffed on a hot summer day. Serve it with Emeril's pan roasted squab with cherry balsamic sauce and thin green beans. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: This wine exhibits its typical strawberry-like flavors, but in 2015, there is also a panoply of seductive tropical-fruit flavors. The Carignane, 14% of the cuvee, adds suggestions of spring herbs and a firm backbone. Because of reduced 2015 crop and reduced juice yield we bottled less Mendocino Rosé than in prior years! A perfect complement for bouillabaisse with a dollop of rouille.
Organic status: not organic
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