Rosé

The Winemaking Process

A Rosé is a style of wine created from dark-skinned grapes of different varietals that bleeds some of the colors from the grape skins, but not enough to truly be a red wine. There are three recognized ways to produce Rosé; those ways are skin contact, saignée, and blending.

When Rosé wine is created with the skin contact method, dark-skinned grapes are crushed and the skins are added to the juice for two to four days, during which time, some of the color from the skins bleeds into the juice. The wine is then pressed, and the skins are discarded leaving only the liquid behind. The longer that the skins are with the juice, the deeper the color of the final wine. The color of Rosé ranges from light pink to a bright reddish orange color.

While creating a red wine, such as a Pinot Noir or Zinfandel, some winemakers want to create a wine with more structure, tannin, and color. To create such a red wine, some of the juice can be removed a few days after the crush to concentrate the remaining color and tannin. This process is known as the Saignée (from French bleeding) method. The juice that is removed has taken on a slight pink color as a result of the skin contact and is fermented separately to produce a Rosé. 

The Wine

The flavor of Rosé depends greatly on the variety of grape that was used to create it and the amount of skin contact received by the juice. Rosé ranges from very dry to sweet on the palate with a flavor profile going from grapefruit to blackberry.

Perfect Pairings

Light and dry Rosé made from a Pinot Noir pair with light pasta dishes, seafood, and salad. Light semi dry Rosé is versatile and can pair with a spicy dish such as a curry and a sweeter dessert. Dry medium bodied Rosé can work great with pork and seafood. Full bodied, fruity Rosé are delightful with barbecued fish and meats.

Shop Rosé Wines

2016  Picayune Rose
$ 19.00

Tasting Notes 

Fresh burst of melon and peach, this is a bright and joyous wine to celebrate the arrival of spring and drink all year along. Drink on its own or pair with a salad or grilled dish!

Appellation:  100% Mendocino County 

Varietal: 74% Syrah, 24% Grenache, 2% Barbera 

Fermentation:  100% whole cluster pressed. All components fermented separately. 

Alcohol:  12.7%

Limited Production 

2017 Brooks Note Rose Futures - 6 bottles
$ 144.00

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Notes 

The 2015 Rose was here, but has already sold out. Reserve your 2016 Rose Today to ensure you get some next year.  Our dry rose is a blend of Rose from Weir Vineyard, Monroe Vineyard, and 2 vineyards in Marin.  It's crisp and dry, with lots berry and citrus. (Minimum order of 6 bottles please)

Ascension Cellars 2016 Siren Rosé
Starting at: $ 28.80

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL - 2017 ROSÉ TODAY INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

 

5% off of a purchase of 6-11 bottles
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Tasting Notes

Siren, our seductive Rhone blend rosé, was cold fermented in stainless steel with limited exposure to oxygen, retaining the subtle nuances of the crisp fruit and high-tone esters. The nose bursts of strawberry, Bing cherry, orange blossom and clementine mandarin oranges with a beautiful palate of citrus and watermelon accompanied by a bright minerality, acidity and sophistication that will call you back for more. Pair this wine with fresh goat or feta cheeses to medium-bodied Spanish Manchego cheeses, shellfish, salmon, duck, pheasant, goose, pork, turkey, and pasta.

Varietals: Grenache, Syrah & Mourvedre 
Year: 2016
Vineyard: Cass Vineyard, Paso Robles Geneseo District, California USA
Alcohol: 13.9%

Limited Production – 140 Cases

Calstar  Rose of Pinot Meunier
$ 20.00

Brilliant salmon rosy pink in the glass.  Very light and fresh on the nose with tropical notes of apricot, key lime, white strawberry and mango; secondary aromas of crushed rose petal and wet gravel add depth to the fruit-forward nose.  On the palette, this vintage is marked by bright berry acidity and dry extract richness and creaminess.  Flavors of ripe peach, Meyer lemon, raspberry and pineapple dominate while the long, juicy finish lingers with notes of pink grapefruit and a touch of cherry stone.  This bottling begs for food with its broad mouthfeel with a counterbalance of citrus.  A great example of what the Russian River Valley can produce with lesser known varietals.