There come certain times in life when a thing simply must be done. "For the hell of it," you might say, or you might not. We certainly wouldn't say that, not about this wine, for this ain't no saignée.
We've been itching to make a rosé since we first hatched the master Picnic plan, and 2012 finally saw us with an opportunity to realize that goal. This Rosé of Grenache has such an electric color, you'll be hesitant to drink it. Then you'll drink it and laugh at that first notion you had to save it and admire the color. This wine is eminently drinkable, and demands an invitation to join you alongside anything that you're doing outdoors.
So refreshing, you'll want to take a bottle on your next run... probably shouldn't, though.
A main course with all the fixins. For over a century diners across the nation have been offering up these “blue plate specials” as a testament to the idea that a serious meal doesn’t have to cost dearly, and we deliver that tradition to your table in a bottle of wine. Every glass of blue plate wine celebrates the time-honored American ideal of melding exceptional quality with value.
Our inaugural rose has an inviting color, which is immediately reinforced with cotton candy-sweet aromas of strawberry. The flavors are equally luscious and refreshing, as the wine has a very light touch in the mouth. A soft acidity carries the perception of sweet fruit for some time, even though this rose has no residual sugar. That lingering kiss of fruit helps to make this a delightful choice with food or without. Serve lightly chilled.
This Rose of Grenache follows the French tradition: the Grenache Noir grapes were hand-picked from our vineyard in Lodi and fed into the winery press as whole-clusters--gently separating the juice from the skins to limit color extraction while retaining some of the spice inherent in the rachis (stems). The wine was fermented in stainless steel tank at a cool temperature to retain aromatic esters. The result is a dry, crisp wine with a subtle hue of coral. We lightly fined and filtered our rose to increase the clarity and intensity of the fruit.