Roshambo Carignane Alexander Valley the Rat 2006

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The best carignane comes from the ugliest, most gnarled vines you can find and rest assured that the twisted beasts that produce our fruit could star in a horror flick. If you were to wander onto the Angeli vineyard - with its dead-looking soil - you'd probably think of Hitchcock before you thought of Hostess cupcakes, but once you try our Carignane you'll be dreaming of cherry fruit filling. The Rat is a real stunner. Whether you like toasty turnovers or cheesecakes, it won't disappoint. It's proof that you can't judge a book by its cover, or a wine by its vine.

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Winery: Roshambo Winery
Color: Red
Varietal: Carignan
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Roshambo Winery:
Roshambo Winery was born of the simple idea that serious wines became, well, a little too serious. It's the brainchild of maverick Wine Hero Naomi Brilliant, granddaughter of the late and great Sonoma County grape grower, Frank Johnson. Our small, independent winery was named after the West Coast slang for the ancient children's game, "Rock, Paper, Scissors," and with our annual RPS Tournament... Read more
Roshambo Winery was born of the simple idea that serious wines became, well, a little too serious. It's the brainchild of maverick Wine Hero Naomi Brilliant, granddaughter of the late and great Sonoma County grape grower, Frank Johnson. Our small, independent winery was named after the West Coast slang for the ancient children's game, "Rock, Paper, Scissors," and with our annual RPS Tournaments, Pirate Proms and Roshambustops, we like to think we are fighting for fun in a winey world. Buut... it's important to note that while we take pride in our storied history of creative branding, we know that it's what's inside the bottle that really counts. We have to appeal to your palates and senses as much as your spirit. Because no matter how slickly we package the stuff, we know we can't pull the wool over the oenophile's eyes... nor can we lure the beer and booze set to the Other Side of the Vine with a bogey in the bottle. The whole point of this adventure was to welcome a new crowd of people to the party - Gen-Xers , Boomers, Millenials and Unidentifiables alike - by providing a disarmingly fun context in which to encounter serious wine. Our offerings have been fortunate enough to catch critical praise - most recently, in Wine Enthusiast's March '08 Buying Guide (FJV Syrah: 93 Points, Reverend Zinfandel: 92 Points, "Rock" Rhone Blend: 90 Points). Though... we don't think you should buy a wine just because so and so says so. Read less

Member Reviews for Roshambo Carignane Alexander Valley the Rat

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Snooth User: vineyard idiot
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5.00 5
06/04/2008

Blueberries. A fourth-of-july explosion of blueberries is what this wine tastes like to me. And I love it. I first tried the varietal at UNTI a couple of years ago, and I immediately responded to it. I've been exploring it ever since and the Bo makes a great one.


Snooth User: flyingsocks
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0.00 5
01/16/2010

Big Carignane fan but ended up not pulling the trigger. If I see it locally and it's reasonable I will try it. Thanks for the tip.


External Reviews for Roshambo Carignane Alexander Valley the Rat

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Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

We call this wine "the rat" in homage to our hard working cellar rats who make it all happen. Sassy, lush new world fruit meets old world lineage. Find out what you have been missing. This wine is very accessible with booming aromas of



The best carignane comes from the ugliest, most gnarled vines you can find and rest assured that the twisted beasts that produce our fruit could star in a horror flick. If you were to wander onto the Angeli vineyard - with its dead-looking soil - you'd probably think of Hitchcock before you thought of Hostess cupcakes, but once you try our Carignane you'll be dreaming of cherry fruit filling. The Rat is a real stunner. Whether you like toasty turnovers or cheesecakes, it won't disappoint. It's proof that you can't judge a book by its cover, or a wine by its vine.

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