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It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to drink anything from Sonoita… and it was time.  I ran into Ann when I was up at the Wines in the Pines event in Flagstaff and was astonished to see that she had a new Rosé in the offering, so of course I grabbed a bottle.  I don’t find many wines of this style made in Sonoita from Sonoita fruit, so… research, you know?

2014 Incanto blend, on some random stairs in Jerome, looking towards Mingus Mountain

2014 Incanto blend, on some random stairs in Jerome, looking towards Mingus Mountain

Wine: The 2014 Incanto is a Rosé, made of 83% Mourvedre and 17% Counoise.  I don’t know anything about techniques used to make it, but if I had to guess, it’s probably a mascerated rosé judging by its slight tannic structure.  It is made from estate fruit from the Sonoita AVA.  It’s definitely a Rhone-style Rosé, but the Counoise is unusual in such a blend, as far as I’m aware.

Nose: The nose of this wine is full of intense grapefruit and strawberry with tangerine and petrichor, along with some floral and raspberry notes.  There are slight hints of smoke and allspice and nutmeg.  After it’s been opened for a while, I get intense guava notes as well.

Palate: This wine has nice acidity. Strawberry and raspberry notes, along with thirst-quenching watermelon, intermingle with crushed pecans and some apple when the bottle has just been opened.  This  LONG finish, with sage, clove, allspice, thyme, limestone and grapefruit, lasting for 22-25 seconds, with just a tiny touch of tannins.  As this wine opens up, notes of Guava and prickly pear also emerge in this wine, and overtake almost all other flavors, which is something I’ve never encountered before in a rosé.   It’s also a little heavier bodied than many other rosé i’ve encountered, I assume due to the counoise in this blend.

Pairing:  I made myself some Mexican-style rice with heavy spice, and some porkchops with the Rattlesnake spice blend from Arizona Rub, and it played very well with it.  For a vegetarian option, continue with the Mexican-style rice and go for some beans and tofu tacos.

Impression:  I really could suck this down like water on a hot day.  It’s got a lot of unique qualities, and you don’t’ see very much Mourvedre rosé in Arizona, at least outside of where it makes up part of a GSM blend. (I have one from ASV that I’m waiting to drink with a friend). Yes, it’s not a full Mourvedre, but the Counoise imparts some fun characters as well, which makes it unique.  It’s been a long time since I’ve had a full Counoise…

This wine is a geologist, searching in the hot summer sun for some shade; I do get a masculine impression.  He’s fond of sitting and staring at the landscape, envisioning lost worlds of deep rivers and, well, dinosaurs, strolling along the shoreline of an ancient sea.