What began as an experiment to enrich our red wines has become a family Summer favorite. For the past 13 years, during Harvest, just after the red grapes are sorted and pumped into the fermentation tanks, we drain off some of the juice. Called “saignée” by the French, this technique intensifies the character of red wines. Thanks to our love of Rosé, rather than discard the juice we followed the French tradition and fermented it to produce a Rosé that we shared with family and friends. At the urging of those friends, we decided to produce enough Rosé for our patrons too. Thanks to the popularity of this wine, we now incorporate the other Rosé technique and press a small portion of the Malbec grapes two to three hours after picking.
Early budbreak in March and a moderate growing season allowed the grapes to ripen slowly. The grapes were harvested on September 23.
Produced from only Malbec grapes, our 2014 Rosé was fermented cold in a temperature-controlled stainless steel tank to retain its fruity components. We carefully monitored its fermentation rate, color and acidity to ensure that the wine was fruit-forward and well-balanced. The Rosé was bottled in February 2015.
We are excited to release our fourth Rosé vintage. It is fruit-forward with our classic Rosé aromas of watermelon, strawberries, rose petals and powdered candies. Fresh and lively on the palate, it has a bright fruit middle and a long, lingering finish. Perfect for a warm Summer day. 615 cases were produced.