What I love about Rosé...
It can be fun, fresh, and yummy. But a great Rosé is also interesting, present, and thoughtful. I strive to make this Valdiguié Rosé a bit of both. It always shows juicy watermelon, just picked strawberry, and a brilliant vibrancy, but in the background I get notes of cucumber and pear skin. The palate has some weight and complexity, lingering, but finishing clean leaving hints of summer.
2017 Valdiguié Rosé, Watson Ranch, Dry Creek Valley
Harvested September 8th, 2017. Brix 22.7, TA 0.59, pH 3.46
All hand harvested at first light from the Watson Ranch. The grapes went directly into the press to squeeze the juice from the skins, I was surprised at how much color was extracted in so little time! The juice then went directly to two stainless steel barrels, and two neutral barrels. I really like the combination of the more restrained brightness that comes from the stainless, blended with the breadth and character that comes from older wood. The fermentation was all native (meaning I didn't add any yeast). After fermentation was complete, the wine aged in these containers for four months on the lees. The extended lees contact adds a bit of texture and weight to the palate. On January 23rd I bottled 102 cases.