2019 Alexander Valley Rosé
Fermented in stainless-steel
February 27, 2020
In the glass the wine is a delicate ballet pink color with hints of fuchsia. The nose is extremely aromatic and has a pleasing mélange of strawberry cream, guava and red currant. This is a dry and pleasantly fruity rosé with bright high acidity and a surprisingly full and silky texture. Flavors of fresh strawberries in cream, dragon fruit and tart Santa Rosa plums are followed by hints of watermelon candy.
With the 2019 harvest, we were blessed with mild, even-growing season with excellent fruit set. Generous rainfall in May and perfect yields gave us the opportunity to dial in the flavor profiles, acidity and ripeness of our individual blocks and varietals. This first expression of an estate-grown, Alexander Valley Cabernet-based rosé wine was inspired by the bright, fruit-driven rosés from the Bordeaux region in France. We love its freshness and how it so beautifully expresses our unique loamy soils.
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot
To create the perfect balance of flavors we harvested our grapes early to preserve the bright acidity. The wine was stainless-steel fermented without oxygen and bottled in February to capture the beautiful crispness and brightness of our early harvested Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot grapes.
Food Pairing Notes
Although this is the ultimate warm weather party wine that tastes delicious on its own, it pairs beautifully with baguette and burrata, vegetable terrine, composed salads with olives and feta, paté and charcuterie, light pasta and rice based dishes, garlicky grilled fish or lobster.