2018 Carhartt Venture™ “Rooi Aarde”


2018 Carhartt Venture “Rooi Aarde” – Portico Hills Vineyard, Los Alamos Valley – 14.4% abv

Composition: 100% Grenache

Nose (aromas): crushed dried herbs, clove, mature red cherry, vanilla bean

Flavor (palate): cherry bark, white pepper, herbal underbrush

Winemaker’s Notes: This single vineyard Grenache hails from the cool climate of Los Alamos. Although it walks our traditional line of lighter, more delicately styled Greanche, the aromatics and flavor profile reveal a wine of unique character and place. Traditional red berry fruit upfront is replaced with herbal spice, which will only develop and gain complexity with time.

Ageing Potential: Now – 2025+

Additional Notes: The name “Rooi Aarde” or “Red Earth” in Afrikaans, reminds me of the dirt roads I would drive on my way to work in the Hemel en Aarde Valley of South Africa. This wine’s pronounced herbal profile reminds me of the “fynbos” (South Africa’s word for “Chaparral”) covering the hills behind the winery. This is a perfect wine to drink chilled on its own, or paired with anything from fresh sashimi and soy sauce, to Indian Tikka Masala and fresh naan bread.

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Produced & Bottled by Carhartt Vineyard, Solvang, Ca

WARNING: Drinking distilled spirits, wine and other alcoholic beverages may increase cancer risk, and, during pregnancy can cause birth defects. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/alcohol


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