Super light garnet through-and-through, lighter than almost all Pinots, lighter than some nouveaus. I’ve seen Paso Robles Rose darker than this. Gritty herbaceous burnt rubber green brilliant bark and smoky texture on fresh sod and the thinnest cherry Koolaid. Fresh floral throughout. A nose to make the snobbiest Loire or Cru or Villages Burg enthusiast sit up and listen.
Everything you ever learned about Carignane you need to forget here. We were all brought up with big, dense wines, thick and–and times–acidic, but tannic monsters or fat fruity combinations of both. Dry-farmed in places like Dry Creek Valley, Lodi, or Contra Costa County, they have been presented to the California wine-drinker along very certain confines, and rarely have they been shown as the mass-red-blender which–until perhaps a decade ago–was the the heaviest-planted variety in Southern France. This wine doesn’t exactly give homage to either version of Carignane, but instead takes on a whole–maybe carbonic?–direction of its own.
In the mouth, massive bright fruit attacks all sides–blood orange and green pear–while curtains of acid cascade ripply shutters on anything approaching frivolous. Some of the road-tar translates itself delicately, becoming singular with the gentle bitter tannin in the still-fruity finish. A wine I can easily and without reservation call WONDERFUL. I don’t know how much of this was made, but find it. It is an experience quite unlike any other.
2015 AMPLIFY WINES Carignane Camp 4 Voineyard Santa Ynez Valley Santa Barbara Co 13.5