This pale salmon-colored Rosé leads with delicate aromas of fresh white peach and rosewater. A creamy yet refreshing midpalate brings in succulent notes of watermelon and floral chamomile.
With minimal rain over the winter, the vines were awakened with moderate, spring-time temperatures in early 2020. The warm, consistent conditions continued through the growing season, eliminating any frost threat and providing an ideal environment for fruit set. Veraison, when the grapes begin to soften and gain color, began 7-10 days early due to the warm, dry conditions. Throughout the summer months moderate daytime temperatures, cool nights and a few short-lived heat spikes contributed excellent flavor development. Harvest picking began in late August with much of it completed before the local fires made an impact in late Fall.
Fruit for this wine came from our Estate Behler Vineyard. This is the original St. Francis estate vineyard originally planted by Will Behler 100 years ago in Sonoma Valley. Now planted to Chardonnay, Merlot and Zinfandel. This amazing valley floor vineyard provides unique varietal characteristics to some of our most popular wines.
Zinfandel and Chardonnay from our Estate Behler ranch were picked together at 20-22 Brix early in the cool morning and put directly into the press using the most gentle cycle. Only the free-run juice was collected and then fermented at a cold temperature for 30 days. Once alcoholic fermentation was complete, the wine was racked to neutral red barrels for 6 months of aging. Before bottling this blend was put together adding in 21% of Rosé of Sangiovese to add harmony to the overall wine.