2016 Rosé

VINEYARD: Our 2016 Rosé comes from Grenache Noir and Mourvedre planted in 1998. The Grenache Noir plant material was sourced from Tablas Creek and Alban Vineyards, who brought cuttings over from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. We routinely crop-thin to facilitate higher quality fruit. Almost any sane-thinking winemaker would use this fruit for red wine. But...

VINTAGE: After three consecutive drought years, 2016 was relatively normal. The summer featured several hot days with low overnight temperatures. We make our Rosé from certain sections of our Grenache and Mourvèdre vineyard blocks. We harvested these vines September 4th, 5th, 17th and 18th. We harvest these blocks specifically for our Rosé, usually between 21.5 and 23 brix. Harvesting at these sugars result in an expressive Rosé that retains bright acidity and moderate alcohol.

VINIFICATION: We make Rosé by lightly crushing Grenache and Mourvèdre grapes directly to the press. In order to make a Provençal- style Rosé that is not dark-hued or tannic, we limit skin contact to a couple of hours. The wine is fermented completely dry and kept in a stainless steel tank until it is bottled. We believe that Rosé made from 20 year-old Grenache and Mourvedre results in a more complex and textured wine, similar to the great rosés of Bandol, in southern France. —MU

HARVESTED:

SEPTEMBER 4, 5 (G)

SEPTEMBER 17/18 (GM)

BRIX AVG:

21-23

BLEND:

78% GRENACHE

22% MOURVEDRE

ACIDITY: 7.7 g/L

pH: 3.33

ALCOHOL: 14.1 %

AGING:

STAINLESS STEEL TANKS

BOTTLED:

4/25/17

CASES PRODUCED:

1,150