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2015 Life is Rosé

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Tasting Notes

Bursting with aromas of dried strawberries, red fruit and herbs the nose on this rose is very pleasing. The flavors are big and bold, starting off with a sweet component that gives way to a nice crisp finish. This is wine to be enjoyed over the summer on hot days, pair it with cheese plates and seafood.

Winemakers Notes

Each vintage I feel like I have been able to make this rose a little better. I have started harvesting it earlier and giving it a shorter cold soak in order to make a lighter brighter wine. The 2015 vintage was challenging because of all the heat and I was concerned the acid to fruit profile might have a hard time developing in the Barbera but it turned out to work wonderfully. The grapes were hand harvested and cold soaked for around 8 hours before being whole cluster pressed. After a cold settling I racked the wine and started its fermentation. The fermentation took about 30 days at a temperature of 56 degrees, this cool ferment helps maintain the bright fruit aromas. After fermentation the wine was racked, filtered and bottled.

  • Blend Composition: 100% Barbera
  • Alcohol by Volume: 13.1%
  • Bottling Date: March 8, 2016
  • Cases Produced: 100

Vineyard Notes

  • Vineyard Source: Coyote Canyon Vineyard
  • AVA: Horse Heaven Hills
  • Winemaker: Justin Michaud
  • Grower Degree Days: 3164

2015 was a very warm vintage resulting in an early harvest and some interesting challenges we haven't faced before. A typical vintage in Washington is pretty warm but 2015 was insane, the heat units accumulated so quickly we were picking 3 weeks earlier than an average year. As with any year many challenges were faced and adversities overcome in order to grow and create a great wine. The summer was hot but we didn't have a lot of days over 100 degrees which allowed the crop to ripen at a nice pace, be it a little faster than a typical vintage. When Fall arrived the grapes were ready about a week ahead of schedule. The wines from 2015 show great promise.

Awards

Double Gold - 2016 Wine Press Northwest - Best of 2016
Gold - 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition
Silver - 2016 Tri-Cities Wine Festival Awards