2013 Rosato Alegría Vineyards
Not a typical rosé, our ’13 Rosato is full flavored and fruit driven with a creamy, round mouthfeel. It begins with an inviting light raspberry hue that leads into aromas of fresh-picked Queen Anne cherries and a hint of watermelon. The rich texture and gentle acidity reveal a delicious mix of flavors—cherry, dried strawberry, pear, and rose petals—that linger on the palate.
Our 2013 Rosato is a dry flavorful wine that showcases the diversity of our Alegría Vineyards and our passion for co-fermenting different varieties.
We began on September 25th, when we picked and crushed Sangiovese and Zinfandel from our Acorn Hill. We let the juice soak on its skins overnight, before draining and lightly pressing it off the skins the next day. We combined that with juice [saignée] from the Dolcetto grapes we also picked on the 25th. In early October, we followed a similar pattern, picking and crushing additional Zinfandel, Sangiovese, and Cabernet Franc, specifically for Rosato, and adding Cab Franc saignée.
We fermented the two lots in stainless steel drums that were made in the 1940s for Coke and Pepsi (how’s that for recycling?) with native yeasts and a cultured yeast called Allegro. When the wine was dry, we combined the two lots and racked to neutral oak barrels for three months aging before bottling. The wine reflects the sunny summer of 2013 in our Alegría Vineyards.
Sept. 25, Oct. 3, 4, 9 & 20, 2013
Brix at Harvest:
Barrel aged in 88% French and 12% American oak
February 12, 2014