2017 Rosé

2017 Rosé


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Our 2017 Napa Valley Rosé is a blend of Syrah and Sangiovese sourced from two highly regarded Napa Valley vineyards. We made the wine using a classic technique known as Saignée or Bleeding, in which the grape skins remain in contact with the juice for a very short period of time so as not to impart too much color. After hand picking, the red grapes are crushed and separated from the stems and placed in a stainless steel tank. As the skins separate from the juice they rise to the top, forming a cap. Shortly thereafter, we open a valve at the bottom of the tank and a portion of the pink juice is pumped into another tank for fermentation and aging. Our 2017 Rosé is a coppery, salmon-hued wine showing young, fragrant aromas of ripe strawberry, peach and dried apricot and lovely nuances of jasmine and orange blossom. The palate is rich and viscous with buttery overtones, yet fresh acidity keeps the wine lively and bright. A tinge of minerality lends interest to the finish. Ideal for spring and summer sipping.

All the Facts

Appellation:Napa Valley
Varietal:60% Syrah, 40% Sangiovese
Cases Produced:250
Enjoyability:Drink now!

On the Vine

2017 began with winter rain, and lots of it, enough to fill reservoirs, replenish groundwater and bring a five-year drought in California to an end. Our spring weather was mild, and due to the abundance of water the vines experienced vigorous growth. We were vigilant about canopy management, going through our vineyards and removing excess leaves to ensure the developing grapes had adequate sunlight and air flow. With just a few summer heat spikes, it first appeared that harvest would proceed at a normal pace, but a heat wave over Labor Day weekend hastened picking during the first two weeks of September. Cooler temperatures arrived in mid-September, giving our red fruit extra time on the vine. Overall though, harvest was early in 2017; the last of Flora Springs' grapes were harvested on Saturday, October 7.

2017 was a momentous year in Napa Valley, and we know there will be a lot of curiosity about this vintage. We invite you to read more about our take on the growing season and vintage, including the wildfires that affected so many in our community. Despite many challenges, we think that 2017 will go down in history not only for the wildfires but for the high quality of the 2017 vintage and wines.