2019 Rose of Barbera
There is no other wine that is so perfect for a warm sunny day than a crisp, dry Rosé, and this one that we make from Barbera grapes is our perennial favorite. The natural acidity of the Barbara grape lends itself perfectly for the production of rosé, and we are lucky to have access to great vineyard in the Clarksburg appellation where the hot days are mitigated by the cool breeze and fog rolling in from the San Francisco Bay. We reserve this vineyard specifically for rosé production, crushing the grapes directly to the press to make the wine’s spectacularly beautiful pale salmon color. The wine has wonderful aromatics and a lovely velvety texture—perfect for summer picnics and BBQs.
Since these grapes were picked exclusively for rosé, we were able to pick early to preserve acidity. We crush the grapes into bins to pick up a tiny bit of color, and about two hours later we load the grapes into our membrane press. Pressing rosés on their own (rather than “bleeding” the rose from a tank of red grapes) is a way to make the finest, most subtle rosés. We fermented the wine on its native yeast, to obtain a distinctive wine that reflects its vineyard terroir. The wine was fermented in stainless steel, and was quickly bottled to keep its freshness and bright fruit flavors. It is a perfect wine on its own as an apéritif, or will easily pair with light meals or even grilled meats.
Production: 166 cases 750mL
|Color:||Brilliant pale salmon|
|Aromas:||Wild forest strawberry, bing cherries, hints of mineral and spice|
|Taste:||Wild strawberry, cherry, and pomegranate fruit, velvety texture balanced by crisp acidity; highlights of cherry and earth in the midpalate and finish; and a long finish of slightly saline red fruit, minerals, and crisp acidity.|