Grapelive: Wine of the Day January 3, 2019

2017 Desparada Arclight Rosé of Sangiovese/Barbera/Nebbiolo, California -photo grapelive

2017 Desparada, Arclight Rosé of Sangiovese, Barbera, & Nebbiolo, California.
The wildly amusing Arclight Rosé from Vailia From at Desparada is a serious wine with intense flavors, ripe layers and extremely vigorous, but full bodied, almost mind blowing in fact with real textural hedonism in a way that makes this wine unique in style, beyond any expectations of what Rosé is! Italian themed this powerful pink comes in at 14.9% natural alcohol, made from saignee, a bleed off of her Nebbiolo, Barbera and Sangiovese with plenty of vitality of acidity and raw tannin. It somehow achieves a balance you can never imagine from it’s elements, it’s a Rosé that drinks like a red wine with gripping detail, big mouth feel and palate impact. From is working with some fermentation(s) in amphora and an array of neutral wood and some new French oak with a focus on Bordeaux and Italian style wines along with a unique combination of both, plus this very geeky pink. A richness and light leesy (textural grace) character comes through here, while it stays ultra dry and crisp too, it has a core of force that stuns you, though allows an impressive delicacy to flows throughout with layers of tart cherry, ruby grapefruit, orange peel, strawberry and red peach fruits along with hints of watermelon, lavender water and dried herbs leading the way. The Desparada Arclight Rosé is wine that really gets serious with time in the glass, you almost must forget its pale pinkish and salmon color and enjoy this wine without preconceived expectations, it really grew on me and it stands up to a wide array of cuisine, it proved a great food companion and is also a great winter Rosé to warm you and plays well with robust flavors.
($34 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive