2020 Rosé de Grenache by the case

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99 points / BEST DOMESTIC DRY ROSÉ , BEST OF CLASS, DOUBLE GOLD medal, 2021 Experience Rosé Wine Competition; 97 points / GOLD medal, 2021 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge - Lovely, pale pink, with a salmon hue, the 2020 is a classic example of Provençal-style Rosé. Aromas of orange zest, strawberries and melon, followed by mineral and herbal notes on the palate make this dry rosé wine compellingly easy to enjoy. Lively in the mouth, the fresh, harmonious texture is simultaneously bright, lush, tangy and creamy, with no one element dominating or distracting. The ‘20 Mathis Rosé is a superb stand-alone sipper, as well as an excellent food pairing wine with lighter, seasonal fare.

 

PRODUCTION NOTES

VINTAGE: 2020 
APPELLATION: Sonoma Valley
VARIETAL(S): 100% Grenache
VINEYARD: Mathis Vineyard
HARVEST: September 1, 2020
AGING: 4 Months in Stainless Steel
ALCOHOL: 13.1%
CASES: 245 
pH: 3.30
TITRATABLE ACIDITY: 5.4 grams/liter
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2.7 grams/liter, or 0.27% (dry)

VINEYARD DESCRIPTION

Peter Mathis with glass of Mathis Rose de GrenacheThe 2020 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 slow, cold ferment, allowed for low tannin and color extraction, coupled with exquisite fruit expression and texture.

BOTTLING DATE

February 22, 2021

GROWING SEASON

A warm, dry winter in 2020 led to early bud break and a very small crop at the Mathis Vineyard. We enjoyed a moderate growing season, with only one notable hot spell in mid-August, with temperatures rising above 100 degrees. The rosé blocks were harvested at optimal maturity and acidity, slightly earlier than in many recent years. Grapes were picked pre-dawn when the clusters were coolest, ensuring low phenolic extraction when handling at the winery. The rosé fruit was highly concentrated and flavorful due to the drought conditions.

ACCOLADES

BEST DOMESTIC DRY, BEST OF CLASS, DOUBLE GOLD medal / 99 points, 2021 Experience Rosé Wine Competition

GOLD medal / 97 points, 2021 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge 

"Spending four months in stainless steel, this clean, crisp, and opulent pink sipper expresses itself with aromas and flavors of watermelon, raspberries and orange peel. A lithe, mineral base, and an added pine nut and basil savory quality, adds up to a French-accented rosé from California. 92 Points" - From the the July/August issue of The Tasting Panel Magazine, Publisher's Picks

“Palest baby pink in color, this wine smells of watermelon candy. In the mouth, watermelon and strawberry fruit flavors are silky and juicy thanks to excellent acidity. There’s a faint sweetness here but coupled with the mouthwatering acidity, this makes for a very pretty and dangerously gulpable package.13% alcohol. Score: between 8.5 and 9." - From Alder Yarrow's Vinography, May 2021