What began as an experiment to enrich our red wines has become a family favorite. For the past 16 years, during Harvest, as 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. After 9 successful vintages, we decided to produce enough Rosé to share with 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.
The drought ended in 2017, with over 63” of rain. Several heat spikes throughout the Summer stressed both humans and vines, but the fruit fared well. Harvested before the wildfires.
Produced from only Malbec grapes, we fermented the 2017 Rosé 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 and well-balanced with a fresh finish. It was bottled in January 2018.
The 2017 Rosé opens with a lovely bouquet of watermelon, rose petals and powdered candies. Fresh and lively on the palate, it has a bright strawberry middle and a long, lingering finish. 800 cases were made.
22.4° Brix sugar
0.58 g/100 mls acidity
0.52 g/100 mls acidity