2019 Rosé de Grenache by the case

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GOLD medal / 91 points, 2020 Experience Rosé Competition - Gloriously pale pink with a salmon edge, the 2019 is another classic in the style of Provençal Rosés. Intense aromas of white peach and strawberries are followed by a silky smooth and fresh entry on the palate. The minerality and bright acidity nicely balance the fruit characters. This wine is irresistible, either a stand alone sipper, or paired with light summer fare, especially grilling fare, spicy Asian dishes, or a variety of soft cheeses such as a chevre.

 

PRODUCTION NOTES

VINTAGE: 2019 
APPELLATION: Sonoma Valley
VARIETAL(S): 100% Grenache
VINEYARD: Mathis Vineyard
HARVEST: September 10 and 11, 2019 
AGING: 4 Months in Stainless Steel
ALCOHOL: 13.1%
CASES: 598 
pH: 3.35
TITRATABLE ACIDITY: 5.6 grams/liter
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2.0 grams/liter, or 0.2% (dry)

VINEYARD DESCRIPTION

Peter Mathis with glass of Mathis Rose de GrenacheThe 2019 Rosé de Grenache is made from my vineyard in the hills above the town of Sonoma, with the fruit for this wine coming from the 700 and 800 blocks of Grenache. Planted in 1999, these blocks are mixed with clone 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 slow, cold fermentation allowed for delicate coloration and exquisite fruit expression. 100% native yeast.

BOTTLING DATE

February 11, 2020

HARVEST NOTES

Another year of good spring rains got the Grenache vines off to a good growth spurt. The same rains also contributed to lowered fruit set and subsequent lowered yields, leading to excellent concentration. Lengthy hot spells in mid summer sped up ripening and I had to hurry to get the rosé grapes picked before the became over mature. The Rosé blocks were picked pre-dawn when the fruit is at its coolest, helping lower phenolic extraction when handling at the winery.