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California, Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria Valley AVA,
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Mondeuse Noire is an ancient dark-berried grape variety native to eastern France, specifically the Savoie region, which is distant relative of the varietal Syrah. The classic Mondeuse wine has a deep purple color, with well-structured acidity and fine, well-integrated tannins. The bouquet is powerfully aromatic, with notes of sour cherries, damson plums, pencil lead and a invigorating hint of black pepper. Mondeuse is mostly grown in eastern France where it sometimes blended with Gamay or Pinot Noir to add darkness & structure to it.
Outside Savoie, Mondeuse is grown in tiny amounts in neighboring Switzerland, mainly in Vaud. It is also found on the Italian island of Sicily, where wineries grow a few acres of Mondeuse in the lavic soils of Mount Etna.
As we have become more familiar with the Clendenen Family Vineyards, we are increasingly impressed not only for the eclectic array of varietals in their portfolio, but their consistent display of unmatched skill in cultivating grapes either seldom grown or practically forgotten. Some critical examples of this is their Tocai Friulano & Nebbiolo (to name just a few). Believe me when I say that this practice is in every way their métier, & if it may strike one as a pursuit for novelty, upon experiencing their wines you will quickly understand that this is a family of wine makers who know their terroir & have staked their claim on bringing to market wines we seldom see in California, if at all, & they do so to a masterful degree. Most interestingly, in a region somewhat overlooked, Santa Maria Valley.
This 100% Mondeuse Rose’ has a unique nose; watermelon, cranberry, guava, lemon, & a lot of flint making the minerality very present. The palate is light & clean, very mineral driven, with good acidity carrying those red berries to the end. A really refreshing & unique Rosé that’s both interesting & easy to throw back.