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.
We began our 2019 harvest before dawn on August 30. After a growing season that started in winter with record rainfall, the year ended with warm, even temperatures throughout summer. With few spikes in heat over the period, our vineyards had optimal conditions to develop full-flavored fruit with remarkable color and balanced acidity. Spring rains ended in time for good fruit set. The temperate summer allowed for long hang times and consistent, even ripening. We picked the majority of our fruit in September and the weather continued to cooperate. Warm breezy days, but fortunately no rain took place in October and the last of the grapes were harvested before the end of the month.
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 29% of the Rosé of Sangiovese to add harmony to the overall wine.