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Arnot-Roberts (Northern California only), 2019 Touriga Nacional Rosé



Vintage

2019

Region

United StatesCalifornia

Appellation

Clear Lake

Cuvée

Luchsinger Vineyard

Varietal

Touriga Nacional

Vinification

Indigenous yeast fermented, Stainless Steel Vat Fermented & Aged

Soil Type

Alluvium Soil, Volcanic, Sandy loam

Elevation: 1400’
Clone/Selection: Touriga Nacional: Clone 2
Soils: Cole series; Alluvial fine sandy loam
Vine Density: 6’x8’
Farming: Sustainable
Planted: 2002

This lightly-colored, direct-press rosé is at the top of its class, which includes all the great rosés of the world. Arnot-Roberts has single handedly introduced this Portuguese varietal to the greater market for California wine. Though obviously well-known as playing a big part in the blends used to make fine port, it took these young California winemakers to show us what a great rosé it is capable of producing.

Bernie Luchsinger emigrated to the United States in the mid 1960s from Chile and planted his vineyard in Kelseyville thirty years later. Now, Bernie along with his daughter Pilar are growing some of the most interesting grape varieties planted in California: both the Trousseau, and the Touriga Nacional for rosé. The vineyard is planted at 1400’ on volcanic alluvium soils laid over ancient riverbed cobblestones in the Big Valley area west of Clear Lake, the second largest natural body of water in California after Lake Tahoe. These varieties both thrive in the long, warm days and cool nights of the Big Valley, and retain their acidity and personality well in this arid environment. We are lucky to have pioneers like the Luchsingers who were willing to take a risk with relatively unknown varieties in an effort to find what was best for their land.

 

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