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 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.
The 2015 vintage in Sonoma County was the earliest harvested vintage to date. A hot and dry summer led to developed fruit and rich, ripe flavors of strawberry, Santa Rosa plum and ripe cherry that are balanced with an earthy note of black tea and a hint of baking spice.
La Bienvenue, meaning "welcome" is from the parcel located at the front of our estate vines. It is composed of grapes from 828 and La Tache clones, which offer vibrant acidity and concentrated, but quintessential Russian River Valley red fruit.
Les Parcelles Cachées, meaning "the hidden parcel" is located at the back of the estate and comes from Mt Eden and Swan clonal selections blended together, creating a wine with perfumed lilac aromas and generous mixed dark blue and red fruit characteristics.