2013 Monticello Vineyards Rose of Syrah, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 750ml 2-Pack
The wine has a beautiful deep salmon pink color, with a vibrancy and freshness emanating from the glass. In its own way, it tastes much as it appears in the glass. The aromas are subtle and light hints of floral tone, light strawberry tones. On the palate the wine displays a vital freshness, with a vigorous framework of acidity that provides a wonderful counterbalance to the lighter, more refined fruit within.
We really enjoy drinking Rose in the warm summer months, and have grown even fonder of the drier, crisper styles in recent years. Towards that end, we’ve been doing a special early pick of portions of our Syrah vineyard so that we can pick dedicated fruit for Rose production.
These early picks have nice aromas, fresh acidity and make wonderful rose wines, particularly when combined with rose made from the saignee (juice bleed) from Syrah grapes picked two months later from the same block. The grapes are whole cluster pressed immediately upon arriving on the crush pad, so we can isolate the juice from the darkly pigmented skins while only pulling a light bit of vibrant pink color. The juice is fermented in stainless steel to preserve its freshness and aroma profile, then aged in either small stainless or neutral barrels for 6 months prior to bottling. Drink now through 2016.
2012 Monticello Vineyards Rose of Syrah, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 750ml 2-Pack
Our Rose of Syrah makes a great summer wine for the adventurous wine enthusiasts trying to beat the heat. Inviting aromas of cherry and strawberry fill the glass. The mouthful is crisp and dry with tart cranberry and Granny Smith apple on the palate. Light-bodied with vibrant acidity and spice guide the way to a refreshing tasting experience.
The 2012 Rose of Syrah was harvested on two separate picks. It is 100% estate grown from our vineyards.
The early pick was in late August, and the grapes were picked at low sugar and high acid. This first wine was almost clear with a very light tinge of pink, low in alcohol and had a bracing acidity. The second pick was nearly two months later in mid-October. This fruit was fully ripe, deep in color and full of spicy dark berry fruit. For the rose, we immediately saigneed (bled) the juice after crushing to avoid too much color and tannin extraction. This second wine was a nice Copper River salmon color, was higher in alcohol, lower in acidity and had nice spicy fruit. Through trials, we blended the early and later picks together. Our goal was to make a dry rose, low in alcohol and tart on the palate, that could be enjoyed on its own in the summer, or be paired with some nice light summer fare I really enjoy the tartness of the wine, as it is in contrast to other riper offerings that we have on our tasting menu.