Gold Country” in this case is Amador, located in the Sierra Foothills AVA in northern California, at about the same latitude as the North Central AVAs of Napa and Sonoma. I haven’t visited there (yet), but it’s the gateway to the wonders of Yosemite, so you can be sure that it’s in my bucket.

Zach and I wandered into Total Wine late in the day and decided to taste the wines that were being poured by Sobon Estate. There was a Chardonnay, a couple of different iterations of Zinfandel (all delicious and remarkably peppery, by the way.  Austere, moderate alcohol, and food friendly. But I digress), but the one that caught my attention was the 2012 Amador County Rezerve Rosé.

Sobon Rose 2

A blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Carignane, it’s a pretty medium pink/red in color, with good body.  Its 13% ABV contributes to its structure.  On the nose I detected a whiff of watermelon interspersed with strawberries and beach. Yeah, beach. Think northern California beach, early morning, breezy and cool.  Just a whiff of *that.*

On the palate, it has a very brisk acidity mixed with flavors of watermelon, white pepper and strawberries, and paired perfectly with the root vegetable salad and Spinach Feta Chicken sausage that I had for dinner.  The acidity is perfect for the fats that will be in light poultry and seafood dishes, and it also tastes refreshingly good on its own.  So it’s pretty, smells good, tastes great, is a great companion to food, and costs eleven bucks.  What could be better than that?

Okay, but I don’t think we’ll be seeing any Petrus for twenty-five bucks in our lifetimes. I mean, really.

The 2012 Sobon Estate Rezerve Rosé won’t change your life, but if you’re looking for a refreshing, food-friendly, easily quaffable wine on a budget, you can’t do much better.

I bought the bottle at Total Wine in Summerlin.  Check it out.


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