A rosé by any other name is merely a pink wine. Rosé is not an easy thing to make in spite of the abundance of them that clutter store shelves. Frankly, most of them are generic and tedious. But hailing from Paso Robles, a location known for big extracted wines, come a lithe yet deftly bold rosé. This blend of 96% Syrah and 4% Viognier is a classic dry example of a California rosé that gets it right. Filled with notes of strawberry, black cherry, lemon-lime, rhubarb, plum and peach it has an earthiness - a dark fruit sensibility - without being one-dimensional. A mild acidity and minerality round it out. After crushing the grapes went directly into stainless steel tanks for several hours to extract color. You’ll notice this is not a pale-hued dusty rose-colored wine. It is vibrant; copper and salmon colored and no, you can’t judge a wine solely by its color, as this rosé will defy expectations. What it offers is expressive California fruit with a restraint to make it a hearty rosé amenable with a diversity of foods, and a perfect summer sipper.

Average Price: $16/ 750ML
Alcohol: 14.5%
Pair With: Garlic and rosemary grilled lamb chops; Artichoke risotto with lemon zest; Balsamic and roasted beet salad.
Availability: Moderate/1,424 cases
Website: www.VinaRobles.com

The California Wine Club

For more than 25 years, The California Wine Club founders Bruce and Pam Boring have explored all corners of California’s wine country to find award-winning, handcrafted wine to share with the world. Each month, the club features a different small family winery and hand selects two of their best wines for members.