Red Car Rosé of Pinot Noir

by Kelli H. on August 17, 2014

Oh, Red Car. You’re exactly what I love in a rosé. A bright floral aroma, the lightest shade of pink, and a refreshing dry finish.

Boy, have my tastes changed or what. I think my first pink was was Kenwood Vineyards White Zinfandel. David and I used to have wine nights at home when we first moved in together. We’d share a bottle of white zin, make dinner, and even once wrote a song about white zin on our phones using an autotune app. I believe the main line I can remember was “Fill it to the brim, fill it to the brim”. Anyway, after my white zin days I moved on to Sutter Homes Pink Moscato and then Beringer’s White Merlot, before my palate was more developed and realized pink wine doesn’t have to be sweet.

It may have taken me two or three summer’s of drinking rosé that are on the sweeter spectrum to realize that I truly enjoy and dry rosé. Back in June, David, Ryder, & I were out at the beach with one of our couple friends and their two dogs. On our way back into town I mentioned that we’d be near Red Car’s tasting room. I asked if anyone would be interested in stopping. We didn’t have to worry about having dogs with us because their awesome tasting room allows dogs! How cool is that?

We walked into the tasting room about half an hour before they were to close. We were welcomed with open arms. The man pouring our wines was hilarious, friendly, and very knowledgable. I’ve never been to a tasting room before where they pull out appalachian maps, history of weather patterns, old bottles to show off their awesome labels, and more. We really learned a lot at Red Car’s tasting room and that’s the kind of winery I love.

David and I really enjoyed their Sonoma Coast Syrah and of course this beautiful pale pink rosé. I’m a total rosé girl. My favorite wine to taste at each tasting room is the rosé. I feel like there are so many huge differences in rosé and I’m always interested in seeing what varietal each winery makes their rosé out of. Red Car’s is a Rosé of Pinot Noir, which I find I’m generally a fan of. This wine is 12.7% alcohol and is literally the perfect rosé to open on a hot summer day, though I wouldn’t argue opening it on any day.

Plus, don’t hate me, but I tend to somewhat judge a wine by its label. I really enjoy an awesome wine label, and Red Car’s doesn’t disappoint. The label was thick rough paper and had so many bright colors on it. I also liked that their bottle didn’t have a foil wrapper around the cork. The clear bottle with a bright label, and the cork showing through looked wonderful displayed on our wine rack. I was almost sad to see it go, but it was worth opening. I know I can always go back and buy more. This bottle retails for $25.

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Made in Sonoma August 18, 2014 at 8:25 pm

As much as I love wine, I haven’t gotten too much in rose… but I’ve certainly tried some at tasting rooms and enjoyed them! Chilled wine on the patio just screams perfect summer nights 🙂 I went wine tasting a couple of weekends ago where dogs were allowed, and it was so much fun hanging out with the pups. This one couple had two massive Great Danes with them, and they were quite a hit in the tasting room!


Made in Sonoma August 19, 2014 at 1:00 pm

I ALWAYS judge the wine by its label!! It’s funny because my husband is a graphic designer so he actually doesn’t even let me buy a wine sometimes if they have a crappy label haha. Gotta support the arts!


Made in Sonoma August 19, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Well, glad I’m not alone with the label judging. haha


Made in Sonoma August 19, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Oh yes, I remember the days of white zinfandel. When I used to wait tables in Florida, it was always popular with the rednecks… “I’ll have the whiiiite zin-fan-daaale” haha
It was the first wine I attempted to drink as well but now I just think it’s disgusting.

A rose, however, I can appreciate although I’m not as familiar with it as I am other varietals. Looks like I need to make a trip to Red Car with Coco sometime soon!


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