The 2021 Rosé is a pure expression of how our Bell Mountain Vineyard can express rich fruit and palate-cleansing acidity at the same time. The 2021 Rosé is a blend of saignée that is captured during the pressing of our red wine blocks where quick skin contact allows for gentle color extraction. The juice is then fermented in neutral French oak to create texture and add a little complexity to this classic rosé wine. The wine is further aged in stainless steel for three months to help enhance and preserve its freshness.
The gorgeous pink color grabs your attention but it’s the intense aromas of rosewater, white nectarine, watermelon, and kiwi fruit that immediately stand out. With the first sip, you will get rich flavors of sun-ripened peach, white cherry, and wild strawberry. This wine expresses the acidity that Bell Mountain Vineyard’s cool nights can develop, which leaves a mouthwatering sensation. The finish lingers with flavors of warm summer berries and lemon custard.
The 2021 vintage is one to remember. Vines enjoyed mild and ideal ripening weather throughout the summer and fall with very few days of intense heat spikes. This allowed us to pick at the ideal time for each variety and block at Bell Mountain Vineyard. The acidity held up as the flavor and fruit development continued with ample ripening time for an abundance of aromatic qualities and elegant fruit flavors. Drought conditions for the second consecutive year impacted vine vigor and crop potential. Berry and cluster sizes were on the smaller side but yielded a high concentration of flavor with increased skin to juice ratio. 2021 has some of the lowest yields since we’ve been farming Bell Mountain Vineyard, but this was surpassed by the exceptional quality of the wines.