Rosé 2021, Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard
Our 2021 Rosé is a direct pressed, co-fermented blend from a few different blocks in our own Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard. By bringing together 50% Zinfandel, 25% Grenache, and 25% Petite Sirah, we have created a refreshing yet multilayered pink wine that reflects the Bradford Mountain terroir.
Dry Creek Valley
Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard
22.1 (at harvest)
6-months in 60% 4-8 year-old French oak barrels, 40% 3-year-old French Acacia wood barrels, 1 month in stainless steel
The inviting pale coral hue and lovely aromas of fresh raspberry and Rainier cherry introduce this crisp, dry rosé. Buoyant acidity bathes the palate while revealing flavors of red berries, honeydew melon, Chelan cherry, Santa Rosa plum and traces of lime zest. A restrained creaminess appears mid-palate along with hints of white floral. The crisp acidity returns on the lingering finish, refreshing the palate for the next sip.
In 2021, I was excited to have the opportunity to make our “Big Pink” Rosé blend by bringing together hand-selected fruit from a few blocks in our Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard. These selected blocks included small plantings of field-blended Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Grenache. In early September we walked the vineyard, picking small amounts of clusters from certain varieties. The grapes that remained would further develop and intensify before we harvested them for our estate red wines.
Each lot we picked was kept separate and soaked on skins for just a few hours before the juice was pressed off. With only this limited amount of skin contact, the Rosé developed its gorgeous color. With the intense minerality and lean, racy acidity inherent in the resulting juice. I decided to employ full barrel fermentation and time on the lees, to enhance the flavors and develop a richer, fuller mouthfeel. With stirring the lees and tasting every few weeks, I very carefully chose the right time to bottle.
I think this wine showcases a truly unique interpretation of Rosé. The mountain terroir brings such vibrancy to all the estate wines we produce, but it especially comes through in this small bottling.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy it with grilled salmon and fresh garden pea risotto, or smoky cumin baked chicken served with basmati rice.