91pts - Editors’ Choice, Wine Enthusiast
The 2016 Malene Rosé is reminiscent of the fine Rosés of Provence, both mouth-filling and crisp, dry and complex. The Grenache supplies the backbone with copious honeydew melon and strawberry aromatics, as well as a delicious creamy texture on the palate. The Vermentino lifts the fragrance of the wine, adding notes of white flowers and lychee. Cinsault is exuberant and fresh with a fruity character similar to Grenache. The Mourvedre is very savory and imparts a slightly herbaceous character, intermingled with a flinty minerality. Mourvedre also fleshes out the texture and length on the palate. With plenty of fruit intensity and a clean, long acid driven finish, this wine will pair well with cuisine ranging from fresh oysters to pasta puttanesca.
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The warm, long growing season in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County
is about as Provençal as it gets in California. We source Grenache and Cinsault
from two vineyards in this area: Camp 4 and Mesa Verde. Camp 4 was planted to
Rhone varietals by Fess Parker and is now owned by the Chumash Indian tribe.
It has become one of the top sources for Rhones in the Santa Ynez Valley. Both
vineyards are planted on sandy loam soils, ideal for these naturally vigorous
varietals, and experience cool afternoon breezes blowing east from the Pacific
through the Santa Rita Hills. We source from four different vineyards in Paso
Robles, including Burbank Ranch, French Camp and Helios Vineyard. These are
predominantly clustered around the cooling effect of the Templeton Gap. While
Paso Robles is a relatively warm AVA, this area, located adjacent to a gap in the
coastal range, has the greatest maritime influence and is well suited to growing
Rhone based Rose grapes. In addition we source a small amount from Mistral
Vineyard in Monterey County. Our Vermentino comes from Keyhole Ranch in the
Russian River Valley, farmed by Seghesio Family Vineyards.
The grapes for Malene Rosé are hand-picked and sorted in the cool early morning
of harvest. The grapes are 80% whole cluster pressed while the remaining grapes
have 24 hours of skin contact. Using a very gentle press program similar to what
is used in Champagne, the skin extraction is minimized and purposefully results
in a very pale colored Rosé. We ferment the grapes using long, cool ferments to
enhance aromatic freshness and pronounced varietal character. For complexity we
ferment and age in three different types of vessels, including stainless steel (74%)
and oak puncheons (19%), as well as a 1200 gallon French oak Foudre (7%).