Rendez-Vous Grenache Rose Clarksburg 2011
The current plan is to specialize in Clarksburg appellation fruit. Last Fall Larry Dizmang acquired Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Grenache, Primitivo and Petite Sirah all from local Clarksburg vineyards. The wines are all hand crafted and made in small lots. Most of the wines are exposed to some oak during fermentation. The Chardonnay and all of the reds receive significant oak exposure post fermentation. The reds are barrel aged in French Oak up to 18-24 months. In addition to the grapes mentioned above plans call for the addition of Muscat, Tempranillo and Dolcetto grapes this Fall. The Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and a Grenache Rose were bottled early Spring and will be released through late Spring and Summer. The Chenin Blanc (which just won a Silver at the CA State Fair) and Chardonnay are developing well and are expected to be at the top of their class when released. The Rose will be unique and command attention. One good way to assure a chance to acquire these releases when they become available is to join the Club de Vin.
The wine is a nice peach color in the glass, not a pure pink but with more of an orange tint to it. The nose has wonderful notes of grass, mild citrus and strawberry notes and some lovely floral overtones. The taste is quite interesting, with your typical bright citrus notes, some strawberries, and then toward the end, out of nowhere there is a taste of Champagne, not overwhelming, but just a flavor that made me think of sparkling wine. The finish is very dry, which probably explains a bit of the sparkling wine flavor, and the tannins are nicely structured to support the finish. See my full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2013/08/2011-j-scott-cellars-rendezvous-rose.html
This rose isn’t quite as dry as the majority of others I’ve been reviewing recently. The wine has an almost fluorescent pink hue, and is bursting with flavor. Thirst-quenching juicy raspberry, watermelon and bright red cherry dominate from start to finish, all balanced with a grapefruit-esque acidity. No detectable oak (for obvious reasons), but the slightest hint of white pepper. Medium in body, it hangs out on the palate for a while and finishes cleanly.
Food Pairings for Rendez-Vous Grenache Rose Clarksburg
Visual brilliant magenta; vibrant fruitiness, banana, melon and roses in the nose; citrus, banana, cherry and fruit salad, slightly off dry in the mouth; smooth, clean and balanced finish