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2016 Malene Rosé

2016 Malene Rosé
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95 points, Gold - California State Fair
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.

Wine Specs
Central Coast
6.6 grams/liter
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
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%).

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