Wine Creek Ranch Dry Creek Valley
A labor of "amour", our dry Provençal-style Rosé melds four Rhône varieties to create one singular sensation that is refreshingly crisp and always hard to resist. As is our custom, the fruit was handpicked at varying times depending on each varietal's readiness and maturity as an element for Rosé. This intentional approach gives us fruit that is intense in flavor, lower alcohol, and balanced acidity for Rosé, as opposed to red wine. We waited until all the lots completed fermenting to ensure that each component's character and contribution could be best evaluated and integrated into the final blend.
Estate bottled, single-vineyard, and 100% CCOF-certified organic fruit Not many other wines in this category can make that claim (!). Coming from our home estate, Wine Creek Ranch, which immediately surrounds the winery, this wine epitomizes the philosophy that fine wines are grown and not made. We actually farm selected rows of each variety expressly for Rose, versus red wine, which is the foundation of the Provencal approach to crafting a top quality Rose.
Visually stunning this year, there is a slightly less orange, or salmon, hue and a bit more magenta and violet, though still classically "light" in color overall, signifying a gentle extraction and hinting at the quaffable and thirst-quenching character that awaits on the palate. While Grenache is again the anchor, at 77%, the inclusion of Primitivo and Petite Sirah as the next most dominant varieties has yielded a truly beautiful color while in no way taking away from the gorgeous Grenache-driven aromatics. This year Grenache-centric strawberry fruit sits side-by-side with ripe nectarine and white peach, with the more typical grapefruit, rhubarb, and raspberry notes being subtle and nuanced. The palate has concentration, but is never heavy, with refreshing acidity and a seamless balance drawing you back for more. Should go well with all classic Rose food-wine pairings, or just on its own. A true triumph for a very challenging year !
1136 cases | Made with organically-grown grapes
VINEYARD 100% Wine Creek Ranch, CCOF-certified organic estate
COMPOSITION 77% Grenache, 11% Primitivo, 8% Petite Sirah, 4% Mourvèdre