Old Vine Rosé 2020
"Yes, this is a pink party wine—but it’s a classy pink party wine. This is a rosé you want to bring home to meet your parents. It deserves to be drunk alongside imported tinned fish, salted butter, and impeccably made, artisanal baguettes. If this rosé could talk, it would have a lilting French accent and quote Godard." (Las Jaras) This rose smells like juicy red strawberries and fresh brewed hibiscus tea with crisp acidity and a bone-dry finish.
We love it with… :butter: :garlic: 🐟
Grape: 83% Carignan, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from Gary Venturi Vineyard, 15% Zinfandel from Hillside Vineyards, 2% Carignan from Ricetti Vineyards
Region: Mendocino County, California
Vinification: All of the vineyards for this wine are at a minimum, practicing organic, with 2 of the 3 certified. Vines are head trained and dry farmed. The Carignan for this wine was whole cluster pressed as soon as the fruit was received at the winery. This method of juice extraction gives us a savory and mineral laden wine with a fine texture. The Zinfandel was destemmed as soon as it got to the winery, after which, we added it to the press with its stems. This allowed us to get great red fruit character and avoid extracting too much bitterness. We added 10ppm sulfur and after 24 hours of settling the wines we racked for native primary fermentation. Once these lots had fermented to dryness, we combined them into one tank for storage on their lees until bottling at cool temperatures to discourage malo-lactic fermentation, but it went through anyway. Close to the bottling date we added a small amount of sulfur and filtered the wine.