As I regularly tell people, I make this because I love it and sell it because I make more than I can drink. It has been part of our production for 22 years and has been refined along the way. For nearly the past decade it has consisted of roughly 60-70% Syrah and 30-40% Grenache, depending on the vintage. Blending trials are equally rigorous as for any of our red wines. Inspired by the Southern French rosés I have enjoyed, I feel that I have dialed it into my very own personal representation of what our area has to offer.
Aromas of fresh Elephant Heart plum (developed by Luther Burbank in Sebastopol, no less) watermelon rind, candied-apple coating (minus the sugar), fresh Royal Ann cherry and strawberry give way to a nice mouthwatering experience. The aromatics are echoed in the mouth with the addition of boxwood and gooseberry. There is great continuity and length. With or without food, this bone-dry wine is crisp and thoroughly satisfying.
Pink rain: The marketplace seems flooded with pink wines lately. I’m happy people are drinking more rosé and unhappy with the volume of underwhelming stuff in circulation. This will correct itself in time and those of us that are serious about the wine will persevere. In the current environment though, we often hear comments about our “having jumped onto the rosé bandwagon now” too. My response is that we decided to jump on 22 years ago when the wagon was less crowded and have been refining our style the whole while.