91 Points | Press Democrat North Coast Challenge | April 2017
Gold Medal | Press Democrat North Coast Challenge | April 2017
Gold Medal | International Women's Wine Competition | June 2017
Gold Medal | Rose Today Competition | June 2017
Gorgeous in the glass, this striking Rosé presents aromas of springtime: rose petals, melon, and orange blossoms that are followed by flavors of fresh-picked strawberries, watermelon, and juicy Asian pear. Light-bodied, bright, crisp, and refreshing, but with a subtle creaminess on the finish.
Harvest in 2016 started in the middle of August during a pattern of warm sunny days cooled by foggy mornings and breezy afternoons for most of the area. The early months of the year were very mild with little rain allowing the vines to progress steadily and uneventfully. Yields throughout the region were slightly below average but moderate weather starting in early summer gave the fruit plenty of time to develop great color and flavor, resulting in beautifully balanced wines.
Fruit from some of our favorite old vine Zinfandel vineyards, along with fruit from our Wild Oak Estate Vineyard and select growers throughout the region are the source for this refreshing wine.
Our Rosé is made in the Provence style, using the saignée (French for bleed) method. This southern French style is considered by many to be the benchmark for dry rosés, producing wines that are fresh and crisp with a lovely blush color. Before fermentation begins, a small percentage of juice is bled off of the red skins before the skins can contribute much color or tannin. We blend the saignée juice of Zinfandel, Merlot, and Syrah with a little Chardonnay to add balance and additional flavor. The blend is fermented slowly in stainless steel tanks and then aged in neutral, red French oak barrels before bottling.