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Dry Rosé
Sonoma County, 2016

During the busy harvest season, we often think about how nice it is to relax and enjoy a bottle of dry Rosé. This one was made by directly pressing red grapes harvested at appropriate maturity for the product. We like to think of it as the blood of our grapes, the sweat of our brow, and tears of joy.

Winemaker’s Notes

As usual in our spring Rosé of Syrah and Kick Ranch Grenache, the percentage of Grenache is just on the upper end of our typical range of 30-40%.  I regularly re-evaluate the blend as I get most of the barrels blended.  What I am looking for is a perfect balance of high-toned nuance vs. richness lending itself to a more slender presentation.  Delicate aromas of guava and a perfume like cotton-candy give way to a brisk acidity, slender but firm core of red fruit, minerally texture and plum skin.  If you liked the 2015 vintage, you will love this 2016. I wish we could make more of this.  But I cannot bring myself to compromise the spell this casts.

Wine Specs

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 11.75 × 3.25 × 3.25 in
Sizes Bottled

Vintage

AVA

Cases produced

320

Release Date

Reviews

  1. California GrapevineMay 2017

    Pale, pinkish salmon color; fragrant, strawberry and melon aroma with a hint of dried herbs; medium body; nicely balanced, red fruit flavors with bright acidity and a mineral note; lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended. My Score: 16.5 [89/100], second place. Nick Ponomareff

  2. Wine SpectatorMay 2017

    Sleek and crisp, with a sense of pizzazz, offering watermelon, smoky pepper and peach notes. Syrah and Grenache. Drink now. 90 points. Tim Fish