An attractive pale salmon color, complex nose of very agreeable aromas predominantly white flowers and white pepper with underlying notes of apricot. The body is medium with a rounded palate of flavors including honeydew and lychees with refreshing acidity that is balanced and lingering. It has a medium long finish leaving an impression of aromatic vivacity.
|Vintage:||2016||Grape Varietals:||41% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 12% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot.||ABV:||13.4%|
41% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 12% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot.
This rosé wine is a blend of one-third whole cluster pressed Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes and two-thirds saignée from Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The whole cluster portion was harvested in early September when the grapes were ripe enough to lend good fruit character and bright acidity to the wine without adding too dark a color. The saignée portion developed as the various red grapes were harvested throughout the season from mid-September to mid-October. All grapes were hand harvested in bright sunshine. Juice was clarified, then cool fermented using specific cultured yeasts. It was blended in early January.
Winemaker: Zane Katsikis
|Item number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|VA0EE448000RBS||750ml||12||Glass||0 22099 10975 4||1 00 22099 10975 1||$21.00|
"The 2017 rose is a blend of 50% direct press Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec and 50% saignée of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot all from estate vineyards. It exhibits nice purity of red fruit/plum with a hint of cinnamon aromas on the nose. Soft on the attack and lush and suave on the palate, it has medium acidity and good weight on the finish."
- i-winereview.com (The World of Rose Report, June 2018), 89 pts