“A Rosé is a Rosé is a Rosé”

Photo: Noah Parker

-Gertrude Stein (well…sort of)

To say that 2017 was a unique vintage is a vast understatement; forty-three inches of rain brought an abundance of canopy growth, with great fruit set, and led to our largest vintage yet at Halter Ranch Vineyard (read Harvest Update blog for more information on the vintage). We recently sat down and tasted through all of the 2017 wines from barrels and tanks and we are confident that it was an exceptional vintage at the Ranch. We are so excited to share our first glimpse of the recent vintage with the recent release of our 2017 Rosé.

We saw some amazing yields from our Grenache and Mourvèdre blocks that we farm for Rosé. Our first grapes for Rosé were harvested on September 6, and we had a total of 14 fermentations with our last pick for Rosé on October 14; this was the first harvest where it felt like we were making Rosé all harvest long. Thankfully we added a new tank to the winery this year, an 1,800 gallon tall tank that is absolutely perfect for making Rosé. The slender shape of the tank makes it an ideal tank for cold settling and also for settling lees post fermentation. We bought this tank with Rosé in mind so it only seemed fitting to name her Rosie, after Rosie the Riveter.

Our 1,800 gallon tall tank Rosie the Riveter (far right)


The 2017 Rosé has a brilliant pink hue partly due to the increased percentage of Mourvèdre, and partly due to a slightly longer skin contact time (read last year’s blog for more information on how Rosé is made). This is one of our favorite offerings of Rosé; it is brimming with aromas and flavors of fresh strawberries, watermelon Jolly Ranchers, guava juice and dragon fruit. As always our Rosé is bone dry (0.6 g/L of residual sugar), has great acidity (3.11 pH) and comes in at a refreshing 13.2% alcohol making it easy to drink Rose All Day!

Come visit us in the Tasting Room to try our new Rosé, or pick up a bottle here for $26!

Molly Lonborg
Associate Winemaker

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