2021 Rosé de Grenache by the case

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New Release - GOLD MEDAL WINNER at the 2022 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge -91 POINTS- Classically pale with a salmon hue, the 2021 is another lovely example of Rosé from Mathis. Aromas of crushed strawberries, citrus peel and clover honey, followed by mineral and herbal notes on the palate, make this rosé wine compellingly easy to enjoy. Lively and complete in the mouth, the fresh, harmonious texture is simultaneously bright, lush, tangy and creamy, with no one element dominating or distracting. The ‘21 Mathis Rosé is a superb stand-alone sipper, as well as an excellent food pairing wine with lighter, seasonal fare, and especially with spicy cuisine.

 

PRODUCTION NOTES

VINTAGE: 2021 
APPELLATION: Sonoma Valley
VARIETAL(S): 100% Grenache
VINEYARD: Mathis Vineyard
HARVEST: August 31 and September 1, 2021
AGING: 4 Months in Stainless Steel
ALCOHOL: 13.2%
CASES: 545 
pH: 3.30
TITRATABLE ACIDITY: 6.0 grams/liter
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2.7 grams/liter, or 0.27% (dry)

VINEYARD DESCRIPTION

Peter Mathis with glass of Mathis Rose de GrenacheThe 2021 Rosé de Grenache is made from my vineyard in the hills above the town of Sonoma. Planted in 1999, the vineyard has mix of clones 513 and 515, and are field grafted to St. George rootstock.

FERMENTATION NOTES

Delivered whole cluster (without crushing) directly to press. This traditional Rosé method, coupled with a cool and very slow (57 days!) ferment, allowed for low tannin and color extraction, coupled with exquisite fruit expression and texture. The ferment “stuck” just shy of complete dryness, leaving the subtlest hint of sweetness, perfectly balanced with the bright acidity that came with vintage 2018.

BOTTLING DATE

February 15, 2022

GROWING SEASON

A warm, dry winter in 2021 led to early bud break and a small crop at the Mathis Vineyard. We enjoyed a moderate growing season, with only one notable hot spell in mid-August when temperatures briefly rose above 100 degrees. The rosé blocks were harvested at optimal maturity and acidity, slightly earlier than in many recent years, and the grapes were highly flavored due to the drought conditions. Fruit was picked pre-dawn when the clusters were coolest, ensuring low phenolic extraction when handling at the winery.

ACCOLADES

GOLD MEDAL/91 POINTS - 2022 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge