After a cool and wet winter, nothing is better than toasting to the upcoming warmth of Spring and Summer than the season’s first Rosé! A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre showing a beautiful and delicate salmon color, in the glass, aromas of white peach, citrus blossom with hints of cherry are followed by a palette filled with the fresh fruits of summer, melon, peach and vibrant acidity round out this delightful rosé.
2022 continued to be a dry vintage, extending the drought conditions in Dry Creek Valley We had very mild spring that led to early bud break and an early fruit set in May. Warm days and mild nights led to consistent yet early ripening in all our blocks. Harvest began in earnest with our Sparkling blocks and quickly proceeded to our still white and red blocks. Harvest quickly came to an end the first week of October. This harvest produced beautiful concentrated fruit that will lead to ripe, vibrant wines that are typical of our style.
Breaking from our normal style of making pressed rosés, this one was made from a blend of saignée fractions from three of our Rhone wines: Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. After we picked each of these lots for red wine, we saignéed (drained juice from the tank to increase the ratio of skins to remaining juice to concentrate the final red wine) a small percentage from each. This saignée fraction was a beautiful, light, crisp rosé juice. We fermented each lot separately and combined after fermentation. This wine did not go through malolactic fermentation and only saw neutral oak barrels, which preserved the bright and delicate fruit. After 4 months in barrel, we bottled.
Food Pairing Notes
This Rosé is perfect with steamed mussels and crusty French bread, or a nice beach with a bunch of friends.