2018 Malene Rosé
The warm, long growing season on the Central Coast is about as Provençal as it gets in California. We source Grenache and Cinsault from two vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley, Camp 4 and Zaca Mesa. Camp 4, in particular, 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 also source some of our fruit from the Vista Serrano Vineyard in Paso Robles, which is predominantly influenced by 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 traditional Provencal rose grape varieties. Additionally, we source a small amount from Mistral Vineyard in Monterey County and our Vermentino comes from Keyhole Ranch in the Russian River Valley, farmed by Seghesio Family Vineyards.
The 2018 vintage is the cuvée most reminiscent of Provence to date. On the nose, the wine has a purity of fruit with notes of white peach, citrus and wet stones. The wine blooms on the palate with flavors of ripe stone fruit, cantaloupe, and tangy citrus. The wine's texture declares its California origins with opulence, plenty of mid-palate texture and an elegant finish.