The ideal season for growing Grenache Rosé might offer a wet winter to feed the roots, cool spring temperatures to nurture flowers and lots of warm 90 degree summer days with cool nights to ripen the fruit while preserving acidity. The real world never works quite that way, but we can always dream. The 2012 season followed a dry winter in Paso Robles, leaving vines on the smaller size. Our springtime temperatures regularly topped 90 degrees, causing the bloom to “shatter”, leaving loose clusters to ripen through the summer. One thing we can always count on are the cool 50 degree nights throughout the summer in Paso Robles, which always keep this wine fresh and bright with acidity. A winemaker’s appetite for this pink “liquid delicacy” never dissipates as we chase the endless summer.
30% of the fruit is from one of our newest vineyards, located about 5 miles north of our Paso Robles winery. This vineyard has helped us strengthen our Rhône program and this enticing Grenache Rosé. The site is located near the northern boundary of the Paso Robles appellation and supports both our sustainably-farmed vineyard and an active wildlife corridor. The remaining 70% of the Grenache came from two vineyards in the Willow Creek district of Paso Robles, an area known for world class Grenache, while a splash of Counoise contributes a peppery note.
|Origin:||Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, California|
|Composition:||99% Grenache, 1% Counoise|
|Harvest Dates:||October 5th and 20th, 2012|
|Harvest Process:||Hand-harvested and whole cluster pressed|
|Harvest Chemistries:||Brix 22.0° avg, pH 3.30, total acidity 0.66 g/100ml|
|Yeast: Sequential inoculations of Frootzen and Enoferm QA23|
|Fermentation: Stainless steel tank|
|Temperature: Fermentation at 52 to 59°F|
|Maceration: Minimal maceration from use of “Champagne” style press cycle|
|Bottle Aging: Bottled March 20th, 2013|
|Total Acidity: 0.52 g/100ml|
|Alcohol: 12.68% by volume|
|Res. Sugar: 0.12 g/100ml|
|Cellaring: Floral and fruit character are most brilliant in the first year.|
|Cases Produced: 793|
“Aromas of mandarin orange, asian pear and red clover appeal to the nose. The light palate expresses fresh fruit and lean acidity, with a touch of pepper on the finish. A perfect pairing with healthy summer cuisine.”
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker
A wonderful companion for shellfish, sushi or a whole grain summer salad.
Price: $18.00 750ml