Bursting with bright strawberry fruit and watermelon this rose definitely packs a punch. Some mild citrus and rhubarb notes balance the brighter fruit aromas. The flavors start off a big and the wine has a full bodied quality that gives it a nice richness. Some residual sugar helps counter balance the acidity and dried strawberry flavors come out at the beginning while finishing with a crispness. This wine is a great aperitif and pairs nicely with tangy summer salad.
The Barbera for our Rose was harvested on October 8th about 2 weeks earlier than the Barbera we harvested for our red wine. Historically Barbera is a varietal that has high acidity and low tannin making it a great candidate for Rose style wines. The grapes were hand harvested and delivered to the winery in the morning where we destemmed them and put them into a 36 hour cold soak to extract a beautiful dried rose petal color. After the cold soak the grapes were pressed off into a stainless-steel tank and fermented at a cool 52 degrees. The long cool ferment helped maintain lots of great aromatics and preserve a freshness in the wine.
- Blend Composition: 100% Barbera
- Residual Sugar: 1.3%
- Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
- pH: 3.18
- TA: 7.1 g/l
- Pick Date: October 8, 2013
- Bottling Date: January 2014
- Cases Produced: 203
- Vineyard Source: Coyote Canyon Vineyard
- AVA: Horse Heaven Hills
- Grower Degree Days: 3164
- Precipitation: 4.6’
2013 was a great grape growing season in WA State. The Horse Heaven Hills AVA was above its long term average for GDD by 150 units. With warm temperatures throughout the summer it seemed like an early harvest was inevitable but a cool September helped grapes develop flavors while slowing down ripening to make for a great harvest.
Silver - 2014 Tri-Cities Wine Awards
Silver - 2014 BTI World Wine Competition *89pts