The 2017 vintage started with ground water coffers very full due to an exceptionally wet winter, giving us some relief to the years of drought. Fortunately, spring weather was mild and fruit set was solid though still lower than previous vintages due to the previous drier years. Summer contained a few heat events, followed by an impactful one over Labor Day weekend. Growers who had done their due diligence with correct row orientation, sufficient canopy shade, and good vine health were rewarded. All said, it is a vintage that highlights the skill of the winemaker and wine grower.
This Rosé is made from Grenache grown in a rocky section of Stagecoach Vineyard on Atlas Peak called Granite Meadows. The grapes were harvested September 14, 2017, at 22.0 brix. We made this wine from Grenache grapes picked specifically for the purpose of Rosé production. The fruit was picked in the early morning, hand sorted then loaded into the press, where the fruit sat on the skins for 4 hours to extract a bit of color and flavor. Then the grapes were whole cluster pressed. Once pressed, the juice was treated like a white wine, with a slow, month-long fermentation maintained at 60 degrees to develop complex fruit flavors. Currently Sold Out