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Big House Pink

Big House Pink Wine Details

Description: In a time where “red state” and “blue state” have divisively entered the popular vernacular, it is heartening to observe that every corner of the US has the potential to be a “pink state.” Let all the al fresco café habitués take a bow—pink wine appears finally to be à la mode. Rarely has a wine evacuated the premises like our first Big House Pink.Who could have guessed that pink wine would take the country by storm? Might the lurid carmine integument have something to do with it? The flock of flamingos? The strong spring season in South Beach? Or could it actually be a sign that Fortuna’s wheel has turned and sophisticated, dry rosé now enjoys a similarly sophisticated clientele? In this vintage we again congregate a blend of primarily Italian varieties—the oft neglected Sardinians represented herein by carignano—along with a dash of zinfandel and charbono, which, if it is not Italian, certainly should be. Unlike the more cerebral Vin Gris de Cigare, in Big House Pink the front and center fruity notes dominate most of the organoleptic real estate.This pink is flush with strawberry guava and hibiscus notes. And those who fondly remember Jolly Rancher watermelon candies will

Varietal Definition
Carignane is one of the world’s most prolific wine varieties. Thriving in warm climates, Carignane was until the late 1970s, the most widely-planted red variety in California. Hailing from Aragon, Spain, this grape is capable of deeply-colored, extracted and tannic wines of considerable alcohol. It is a late-budder and does not ripen until late in the season. Highly prone to mildew disease, it requires long, dry growing conditions. It is often used as a blending component with other, more anemic, hot-climate varieties, like Grenache and Cinsault, which typically lack the deep pigment and extract which Carignane brings to the blend.
Red-wine creating grape grown on small acreages in California. Some have argued that it is a clone of the now sparsely grown Douce Noir grape found in the Savoie region of France, better known as the Dolcetto grape widely grown in northern Italy
Zinfandel is a variety of red grape planted in over 10 percent of California wine vineyards. DNA fingerprinting revealed that it is genetically equivalent to the Croatian grape Crljenak Kaštelanski, and also the Primitivo variety traditionally grown in the 'heel' of Italy. It is typically made into a robust red wine. Its taste depends on the ripeness of the grapes from which it is made. Red berry fruits like raspberry predominate in wines from cooler areas such as the Napa Valley, whereas blackberry, anise and pepper notes are more common in wines made in warmer areas such as Sonoma County. Many Zinfandels come from head pruned ‘Old Vines’. ‘Old Vine’ is generally understood to mean a vine that is more than 50 years old and that produces less than three tons per acre. ‘Head Pruning’ is an old European style of pruning that trains the vine into the shape of a goblet. It requires no wires or other complex trellis systems. Head pruning spreads the fruit uniformly along the vine and allows light penetration.In the USA a semi-sweet Rosé (blush-style) wine called ‘White Zinfandel’ has achieved widespread popularity. In fact, this popularity has so outstripped all other forms that many fans think there is actually a grape called “White Zinfandel” (there isn’t)!


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