2012 Rosato Alegría Vineyards
An alluring pale cherry hue and enticing aromas of strawberry, watermelon, and floral notes present a delightfully appealing entry. The refreshing, dry palate offers bright Queen Anne cherry and melon flavors, while the vibrant acidity and a creamy texture enhance and retain the flavors into a lengthy finish.
Like our Medley, our Rosato changes from year to year, highlighting different varieties we grow in our Alegría Vineyards. The 2012 Rosato is made from seven different varieties, picked over four different days. Co-fermenting multiple varieties makes the wine flavorful and complex.
First, we picked two pink-skinned grapes, Einset and Suffolk. Although extended skin contact is not the norm when making rosé, we fermented these two together on their skins, as we would in making a red wine. The extra skin contact added weight and structure to the final Rosato blend.
Next we picked and crushed a mix of Zinfandel, Syrah, Sangiovese, and Cabernet Franc. On two other days, we picked and crushed Zinfandel with Petite Sirah. With each of these three lots, we drained the juice off the skins within 24 hours of crushing and lightly pressed the remaining must.
The juice without skins was then fermented to dryness with native and cultured yeast in stainless steel drums. After fermentation was complete, we blended the lots and racked the wine to neutral oak barrels to age three months before bottling.
Sept. 20, Oct. 3,4, & 9, 2012
Brix at Harvest:
Aged for 3 months in 88% French and 12% American oak barrels
February 6, 2013