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Staff Pick

Caraccioli, Brut Rosé - 2010

Item # 35596 750mL
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Tasting Notes

A standout sparkling rosé from winemaker Michel Salgues, formerly of Roederer Estate. A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this lovely salmon-colored rosé has a creamy texture and pretty red fruit notes. Versatile and incredibly food friendly.

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Staff Pick Notes

Beautiful Santa Lucia Highland Vineyards are the star in this brilliantly crafted sparkler! Great sun and cool nights lend ripeness and crisp refreshing acidity in this balanced bubbly. An eye on small plots of allow for high quality tending of the vines making the fruit the most important component. Complex aromas of red fruit and touch of savory character invite you to dive right in. A zesty feeling on the palate keeps keeps the body/texture in check keeping things interesting. This has a long finish that resonates with fresh tart fruit. Love this versatile wine.


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Pinot Noir

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