These days, most wines that you find on the shelf are going to be blends. Even if the bottle says its Zinfandel, the odds are the actual composition is something more like 70% Zin. The rest is an assortment of other grapes to keep the flavor consistent across batches. Amarose is no different than other wines! Our rosé is made up of a blend of 4 different rosé grapes in a balanced 25/25/25/25 composition. Grenache, Cinsaut, Carignan, and Mourvedre are the rosé grapes that make up Amarose, and in this post I’m going to tell you a little about each!
Cinsaut is a grape best known for its use in blends, especially when mixed with Grenache or Zinfandel. It’s a lesser known grape in a lot of the world. However, in Lodi, CA, home of Amarose, Cinsaut is an old staple. Both as a blend and as a rosé grape, Cinsaut is known for its floral aromas and tropical notes.
Grenache is a Spanish grape that thrives in warm climates, and red wine made from it is known for its high alcohol content. When used as a rosé grape, Grenache comes across as drier than the normal rosé, with fruity notes of watermelon and lemon to round out the flavor.
Like Cinsaut, Carignan is a lesser known grape that often plays crucial supporting roles as a blend in better known wines. As a rosé grape, Cinsaut gives off notes of red fruits like strawberry and raspberry as well as a rich earthy spice.
Another grape known mostly as a blending partner, Mourvedre is a deep and rich red wine. Generally it has a dark floral aroma and notes of spice and red meat. On its own it can often feel overpowering and slightly boozy, but when used as a rosé grape in a blend it lends a sturdy backbone to the finished product.
Has all this talk about wine made you thirsty? Head on over to our online store and get yourself some Amarose! See if you can detect the four rosé grapes that combine to make the delicious whole!