What began as an experiment to enrich our red wines has become a family Summer favorite. For the past 14 years, during Harvest, just after the Malbec 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 a second Rosé production technique and press a small portion of the Malbec grapes an hour after picking.
In 2015, a warm growing season and a smaller crop than normal allowed the grapes to ripen evenly and slowly. Harvested on September 11.
Produced from only Malbec grapes, our 2015 Rosé was fermented cold in a temperature-controlled stainless steel tank to retain its fruity components. We carefully monitored its fermentation temperature and rate to ensure that the wine is fruit-forward, well-balanced with a fresh finish. Bottled in February 2016.
The 2015 Rosé is quite lovely now with bright fruit aromas of watermelon, strawberries, white peaches and powdered candies. It is fresh and lively on the palate with a supple middle and a long, clean finish. Perfect for a warm afternoon. 730 cases were made.