HARVESTED: SEPTEMBER 12th - September 18th.
AGING: STAINLESS STEEL & CONCRETE TANKS
BRIX AVG: 22.0-23.5
BLEND: 90% GRENACHE 10% MOURVEDRE
VINEYARD: Our 2018 Rosé comes from Grenache Noir and Mourvèdre 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 reduce crop to facilitate higher quality fruit. Most sane winemakers would use this Grenache and Mourvèdre to make full-bodied red, but we have never been accused of being sane.
VINTAGE: 2018 was relatively normal. The summer featured several hot days with low overnight temperatures. Late August and early September temperatures were quite cool which helped the vines maintain solid acidity. We make our Rosé from certain sections of our Grenache and Mourvèdre vineyard blocks. We harvested these vines September 12th through the 18th, 21st at sugars between 22.0 and 23.5 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 few hours. The wine is fermented completely dry, and aged in stainless steel or concrete tanks until it is bottled. If possible we prevent the wine from going through malolactic fermentation in order to retain bright acidity. In 2018, our Rosé only has 10% Mourvèdre, because we are in the midst of replanting Mourvèdre. Mourvèdre, which is the primary grape of Bandol in Provence, adds depth and body to our Rosé.
STYLE: Our Rosé really shows the bright intense fruit and spice of Grenache. Both Grenache and Mourvèdre have the unique ability to provide body, texture, and complexity while maintaining the style of a crisp, dry Rosé, which is why we love Bandol, in southern France. When someone says their Rosé from Pinot Noir, Syrah or any Italian grape variety is made in a Provençal style, it is the same as if we said our Sangiovese Riserva is made in the style of Barolo.—MU