This wine was made in the deliberate rosé style: The grapes were hand-picked, sorted and destemmed for overnight juice-skin contact, pressed, then aged sur lie for six months. As the skins contain most of the tannins, the structure of this rosé has less of a tannic mouthfeel than a typical saignée style rosé. It has a crisp, blanced acidity and is a delightful aperitif.
The 2017 vintage was marked by extreme conditions that reduced crop size, starting with abundant winter rainfall and mild spring weather, which led to vigorous vines. The growing season saw three heat spikes, including one over Labor Day weekend that kicked harvest into high gear.
The 2016 vintage in Sonoma County was almost perfect with moderate late winter rains, providing a healthy boost to the drought-stricken region. Moderate spring and summer weather led to elegant, profound wines with tremendous amounts of expression even at an early age.
Made with Organic and Biodynamically Grown Grapes.
This vintage of our Estate selection La Bienvenue comes from the eastern block of our vineyards in the front of the winery and is a blend of the Calera, LT, 23 and 828 clonal selections. The 23 and 828 clones were harvested the first week of September and were whole cluster fermented, allowing darker colors and deeper flavors to develop. The Calera and LT clones were harvested slightly later and contributed minerality, spice and depth of character to the finished wine. All were fermented using their native yeasts in open top fermenters with hand punch downs before being bottled.
This vintage of our Estate selection Les Parcelles Cachées comes from the western block of our vineyards in the back of the winery and is a blend of the Mt. Eden and Swan clonal selections. These blocks produce lower yields and a more concentrated flavor profile. Both were fermented using their native yeasts in open top fermenters with hand punchdowns before being bottled unfiltered.