Our aromatic all-Merlot Rosé offers aromas of sweet tart, vanilla, with notes of strawberry and holiday spice. The wine's bright acids surround a well-balanced core and offer a refreshing finish.
When Chris James and Ames Morison founded the winery in 1998, they were committed to quality wine through mindful and organic farming on our Bell Mountain Ranch. The 338 acre property has less than 20% planted to vine. The unique location affords us several microclimates and well-drained, gravelly-clay soil with a compacted layer of volcanic ash underneath to grow our grapes. There's strong sense of place and personality in our estate wines... something that we pride ourselves on.
The 2017 Rosé continues our tradition of utilizing the direct-to-press method which results in a lighter, fresher style than the saignée method we used to use. We purposefully select a few of our older blocks that tend to give us a subtle, delicate flavor profile that we love in our Rosé. The wine is tank fermented and aged to preserve its crispness, but we also stir the lees every other week to enhance the body and add richness.
This aromatic all-Merlot Rosé offers aromas of sweet tart, vanilla, with notes of strawberry and holiday spice. The wine's bright acids surround a well-balanced core and offer a refreshing finish. This wine will pair well with spring vegetables and goat cheese.
2017 was a year of extremes. The winter gave us twice our normal rainfall ending a five-year drought. The summer gave us more scorchers than we care to count (16 days over 100 degrees!) The season ended with the most devastating fire in California's history. We hope to never see a year like this one again. Despite the challenging growing conditions, we were able to make some of our greatest wines - bright and aromatic whites and rosé plus supple, concentrated reds. As with everything in winemaking, and farming in general, timing was key. Knowing when to pick (or just being lucky) made all the difference.