GRAPE BLEND & SOURCE
El Camino Real Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
La Presa Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
A beautiful mixture of tropical, berry and oak spice notes on the nose, including hints of ripe raspberries, cherry blossom, dried pineapple, and cloves. Lean and light on the palate with subdued acidity, the 2019 Grenache Rosé features floral and citrus notes with banana and applewood bacon, leading to a smooth, silky finish.
The Grenache fruit was hand-harvested from two vineyards in Santa Ynez Valley on two different days in October. The first grapes were crushed de-stemmed, and inoculated the same day. The grapes were pressed three days into the fermentation skins like a traditional French-style saignee. The second harvesting from the second vineyard was crushed to tank to ferment for one day since the skins had more sugar and were ripe on the vine which can extract the pigment and characters quicker than a maceration. This allows the wine to develop more body through the extraction of tannins and pigment in the grapes which helps balance the alcohol and acidity in the wine after fermentation. The saignee method creates bolder darker rosés, and is part of the Rosé winemaking to bleed a portion of the wine juice.