2017 Edna Valley Rosé
This watermelon hued Rosé is luscious and delicate. Aromas of melon and strawberry with hints of freshly cut thyme are abundant on the nose. The palate is bright and teems with notes of ripe cantaloupe, orange zest and lychee, finishing with fresh acidity and a touch of elegant limestone. This wine is ready to drink right now, and will continue to shine throughout the year.
Chamisal was the first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley in 1973 and now contains 80 acres planted to 5 varieties and 25 clonal selections. The nearby Pacific ocean creates a long temperate growing season for exceptional hang time, which combines with the calcareous, clay-rich soil to produce fruit with exceptional intensity and complex flavors.
After harvesting and hand sorting, the Pinot Noir fruit was whole cluster pressed and gravity fed into open-top fermentors. After a short period of skin contact, we drew juice from the fermentors in the process of saignée (French for “bleed”). This juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks at very cool temperatures to retain fresh, crisp fruit and high-tone esters. The Rosé was bottled as soon as fermentation was complete.
The core of this wine is the Pinot Noir Clone 2A from our Edna Valley vineyards. The freshness and fruit-forward characteristics of these blocks translate well into an approachable rosé wine.