Silver Medal- Orange County Wine Competition
This Rose' is a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Barbera and 100% from our Estate Apetahi vineyard. We chose to experiment this year with blending as we wanted the soft red fruit from the Grenache to be balanced with the high acidity and spices from our Barbera. They complement each other very well to produce a nicely balanced and flavorful rose'. Enjoy!
We picked these grapes at the same time which their ripeness just happened to align. The were co-fermented in a temperature controlled environment at 60 degrees until completely dry.
Close to the end of fermentation, we fined it by using a clay slurry. This step allows the slurry to attach itself to large particles and precipitates them out of the wine. We racked the wine off the lees and clay slurry and put it into French neutral barrels for 3 months of aging. This bonds the oak tannins into the wine and allows for better ageability. We did not use malolactic fermentation.
We racked the wine out of the barrels after 3 months and returned it to a stainless-steel tank for cold stabilizing. It was then filtered through a .65-micron filter and bottled.