2019 Grenache Rose
Love Ranch, Madera
50% Neutral French Oak, 50% Stainless Steel
Elderflower, Cherry, Macerated Strawberry, Toasted Marshmallow, and Raspberry
Love Ranch Vineyard is at an elevation of 1,350 ft, 35 miles South of Yosemite National Park. 21 acres are farmed organically on varied slopes of granitic schist. With excellent drainage and moisture retention of the day's heat, these soils radiate warmth into the vine’s canopy on cold nights. During late spring and throughout the summer months, constant winds of 10mph start around 2 pm and well into the evening. This also aids in moderating the temperatures of the granite soils on hot days.
This fruit was fermented carbonic; a process by which the fruit is fermented inside of each berry. The process begins with an enzymatic breakdown of sugars in the berry, which produces a distinct strawberry rhubarb aroma. The strange thing is that this process also produces alcohol without yeast activity. During this process, the juice has no exposure to the skins and extracts very little color and almost no tannin. After the initial enzymatic conversion, the berries swell and burst, allowing yeast to complete the fermentation process.
This wine was an experiment driven by the pandemic. We left it in the barrel much longer than what is ‘normal for rose aging. The additional age has given it a distinct marshmallow and darker berry profile that is not typical of rose. This is an excellent wine that is easy to enjoy that I probably will never make again.
Barrels Produced: 8