What began as an experiment to enrich our red wines has become a favorite of patrons and family. During Harvest, as the Malbec grapes are sorted and pumped into the fermentation tanks, we drained 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. Due 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.
2020 was quite a year…light Winter rains followed by a cool Spring brought uneven bloom and yielded a small Malbec crop. While it was a nerve-racking fire season, we were lucky in 2020. Neither the Lightening Complex Fires in August nor the Glass Fire in September impacted our vineyard or fruit. We were able to harvest on September 17.
Produced from only Malbec grapes, we fermented the 2020 Rosé cold in a temperature-controlled stainless steel tank to retain its fruity components. We carefully monitored the temperature and rate of fermentation to ensure that the wine is fruit-forward and well-balanced with a fresh finish. It was bottled in February 2021.
The 2020 Rosé opens with a lovely, fruit driven bouquet of watermelon candies, ripe strawberries and rose petals. Bright, fresh and lively, it has a nice roundness and richness on the palate and a long, lingering finish that makes it the perfect accompaniment for Summer.
22.3° Brix sugar
0.69 g/100 mls acidity
0.61 g/100 mls acidity