Carica Wines Releases 2011 Rosé
Dry and Flavorful for Year-round Pleasure
Crisp and dry in the classic French style, this Rosé of Syrah and Grenache delivers the flavor of early strawberries, with a touch of lemon zest. More and more wine lovers are discovering they can enjoy this versatile wine throughout the year. Celebrate the arrival of Spring with Carica’s latest Rosé. All during April guests can taste and buy Carica Rosé at the winery’s Tasting Room at Alameda Point. The new release is available for $18.00/bottle.
Vineyard Notes: Mendocino’s renowned Eaglepoint Ranch provided the winegrapes for the 2011 Rosé from Carica Wines. Planted at an elevation of 1800 feet above the Ukiah valley, this carefully tended mountain vineyard has supplied premium quality Rhone varietals to small-lot vintners since the late 1970s.
Winemaking Notes: The extended 2011 growing season allowed Carica’s small lots of premium Syrah and Grenache to reach physiological ripeness with low sugar levels—ideal for producing a full-flavored Rosé. The grapes were hand-harvested in early November, and then crushed as whole clusters. The Syrah juice was allowed minimal skin contact, while the Grenache must was left to sit on the skins 24 hours prior to collecting the free run and start of fermentation. Fermented in a stainless tank, the wine was bottled in mid-March 2012.
Pairing ideas: Because it is dry, with balanced acidity, the new Carica Rosé pairs very well with spring’s fresh vegetables. Asparagus, fava beans, and salads composed with the early harvest from the garden are all complemented by a glass of Carica 2011 Rosé. Pasta Primavera comes to mind, of course. While a little chill remains in the evening air, a soup of celery root and leeks, pureed with a dollop of cream, would be lovely paired with this Rosé. All summer long, a chilled glass of Carica Rosé pairs perfectly with relaxing with friends.
To buy Carica 2011 Rosé, and the other Carica wines, visit the winery’s website, www.CaricaWines.com. Carica wines are also available at the Tasting Room in the San Francisco Bay Area at 2301 Monarch Street, Alameda, California 94501. The Tasting Room is open Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.