Rose, 2014. Isabel Rose

Rose, 2014. Isabel Rose

Item #: C0617R1DC
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Rose of Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard/Appellation: California
Color: Light Blush
Nose: Strawberry, Plum
Palate: Refreshing Cranberry
Finish: Strawberry
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through Early 2018/Light Meats, Cheese/Alcohol: 13.5%

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There is probably no name in the California wine industry that can match that of Mondavi. When Robert Mondavi founded his iconic winery in 1965, it was not just an architectural showplace, but a premonition of things to come - Mondavi would put California on the wine map to the benefit of all.

His two sons, Michael and Tim, were barely out of their teens when they joined the effort and became powerful forces following the steps of their famous father. Though Michael started out as a potentialwinemaker, his father quickly realized that his talent was in management, and thus, Tim became the winemaker - a position for which he would earn his own reputation regardless of his last name.

Isabel, Michael's wife, runs the operation with Michael, their son Rob, and daughter, Dina. Apparently, Isabel has been a fan of Rose long before it was as popular as it is today.

This beauty is made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera grapes with a touch of Muscat. Roses are typically made from red grapes. The juice of these grapes is white, so by giving them just a short contactwith the red skins, you can reach that blush color as opposed to weeks of contact, which makes the wine red.

Here is a classic light and lovely wine with strawberry and plum components just perfect for a summer picnic.

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