Oregon Rose We wanted our rose' to represent our commitment to making "wines of the south." In this case, the southwest Oregon. There is undoubted attention given to Provencal style rose', but ours is certainly more representative of a rose' you might find in Cahors or thereabouts.
The 2017 rose' is 50 Malbec, and 50 Syrah grown in the incomparable Applegate Valley. Vineyard elevations ranged from 1500'-2200'. The darker fruit of Malbec and Syrah produced a richer pink complexion, and the wine is less an exercise in austerity than last year - this wine is all about fruit.
The fruit was picked early, de-stemmed, and immediately loaded into a 7-ton press on a gentle five hour setting, so this juice had 14-16 hours of skin time producing an electric pink pigment that catches the eye. The rose is 100 dry but the first thing you notice is the presence of a mouthful of bright fruit. The nose shows fresh picked strawberries with the stem still attached. Vibrant with a subtle floral tone. The palate is bright with characteristics of strawberries and watermelon sorbet. The acidity on the finish is 100 refreshment and makes you wish for just one more sip.
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