2020 Rosé 6-Pack
Our 2020 Rosé is a blend from various Merlot blocks from Bell Mountain Ranch. The grapes were harvested early in the season to retain an abundance of fresh natural acidity and gentle fruit flavors. Picking early allowed us to achieve lighter phenolic ripeness. This gave us the perfect balance of aromatics with a soft gentle color. The fruit was whole cluster pressed and the juice was fermented and aged in neutral barrels. Various yeast strains were used for fermentation to create further complexity across the wines. Towards the end of fermentation and for a period of aging, the lees were stirred twice a week to create roundness, finesse, and body to complete the wine.
A perfect balance of acidity, alcohol, and fruit flavors, the 2020 Rosé is a standout with a vibrant, but elegant coral pink shade. Nuances of strawberry, rose petal and dried herbs spring from the glass. Notes of candied berries and white peach are reinforced with the lively acidity and creamy round finish. Enjoy alongside fresh summer foods or combined with a relaxing summer evening spent in a hammock.
With half the average rainfall during the winter and spring, there was very minimal vegetative growth. Cooler spring temperatures and a spurt of heavy rain during flowering led to a very light crop. The combination of these both created concentration, depth, and substantial density in the fruit. Several short heat spikes and a smaller crop load created optimal conditions for early ripening. We were fortunate to pick everything early, escaping any smoke damage from the devastating wildfires throughout California.