2009 represented a return to normalcy after the exceedingly short crop of the previous vintage due to frosts and heat spikes. Rainfall for 2009 was about half of normal, but enough to fuel a successful vintage to full ripeness. Early ripening Rhone varieties, harvested before the mid-September heat wave, fared quite well. Later ripening varieties like Cabernet, were unaffected by the heat and matured in latter October on either side of a significant rain event on the 13th of the month.
PR19 is one of our newest vineyards located about 5 miles north of the Paso Robles winery. This vineyard has helped us strengthen our Rhone program and is the primary source of this enticing Grenache Rosé. The site sits near the northern boundary of the Paso Robles Appellation and supports our sustainably farmed vineyard as well as an active wildlife corridor.
|Composition (Blend):||100% Grenache|
|Harvest Date:||September 4th, 2009|
|Harvest Process:||Hand Picked|
|Harvest chemistries:||24.1 Brix, .63 TA, 3.47 pH|
|Yeast:||Bayanus using new taxonomy - AWRI 1503|
|Maceration:||1 hour maceration after destemming|
|Malolactic:||55 gallons Stainless barrels|
|Bottle Aging:||Bottling Date: 3-4-2010|
|Alcohol:||14.68% by vol|
Lovely, bright raspberry hues adorn this Grenache Rosé in the glass. Aromas of strawberry and Asian Pear dominate this wine in its youth. A hint of bubblegum lies in the background. Cranberry flavors are showcased with embracing fruit acidity and set the stage for a great aperitif. A year or two of cellaring should bring out a bit of orange blossom in the bottle bouquet. Enjoy through the summer as you would the great wines of Bandol, with oysters or coquilles St. Jacques.