Vin Gris of Syrah
This year’s Rosé is mostly fruit from older vines in front of the parking lot where we have wet clay soils, with the remainder being the first crop from our new vines. Although these two vineyard blocks are just 100 feet apart I found that the older vines have given the usual pink grapefruit notes while the younger vines were a little riper giving more strawberry notes and richer texture. The blend seems to be giving us the best of both, as it is crisp and clean (no residual sugar) yet with a surprising depth of flavor. If you liked last year’s version which sold out in 8 weeks, you’ll like this one even more. While many have jumped on the Rosé bandwagon, I have continued to use the best vineyard practices and best winery methods to make a serious Rosé, if there is such a thing. Its not just for Summer, but I doubt that there will be unopened bottles by Thanksgiving and that’s a pity!