The Santa Lucia Mountains rise above San Luis Obispo, dividing our region into Coastal and inland zones. Gaps in this range channel cool Pacific fog and breeze into the interior and result in dramatic climate changes within the space of a few miles. The Grenache grapes for our Rosé were harvested from sustainably farmed vineyards on both sides of the Santa Lucias; the oldest vines were planted in 1971, while the youngest yielded their first crop in the 2018 vintage. All our fruit is hand-harvested and made in a ‘Direct to Press’ style, before cold fermentation in stainless steel, maximizing fruit character and freshness.
Pale pink in color. Expressive aromas of passionfruit and citrus leap from the glass. Classic Provençal flavor profile of strawberry and melon, with a balance of acidity and fruit on the palate. Perfect with summertime meals of garden vegetables, wood-fired pizza, or nearly anything cooked outdoors on the grill.
Composition: 97% Grenache, 3% Syrah. 51.5% Paso Robles, 48.5% Edna Valley AVA
Vineyard Sources: Central Coast AVA
T.A.: 7.8 g/l
Residual Sugar: 1.9 g/l
Aging: Hand-harvested, direct to press
Fermentation: Stainless steel and neutral French oak barrels
Named for the rugged headland with sweeping views of the Central California coastline, Fossil Point pays tribute to the bond between sea and vine. Our vineyard sources are all in close proximity to the cold Pacific Ocean and are shaped by the seasonal flow of its surface currents, sea breezes and fog. Our soils are composed of coarse sand and calcareous shales uplifted from the ancient seafloor and weathered into place over millenia. We farm with close attention to our delicate coastal environment always aiming for the highest sustainable quality from our land. Our winemaking is hands-on, small scale, and attentive to the individual needs of each lot of grapes.
Fossil Point wines are crafted for high quality, approachability, and affordability for any occasion. Our ethos reflects the natural ease of Central California’s landscape and the hospitality of our coastal lifestyle.
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88 Points. A yellowish shade of pink in the glass, this bottling offers tangy lemon peel and just a tiny bit of red fruit on the nose. It’s very tightly wound on the palate, with slight peach and more lemon-rind flavors. MK 9/1/19
Got this last time it was offered. No detailed notes but I remember it being tart with mostly citrus on the palate despite the winery’s description of strawberry and melon.
Not our favorite but a perfectly serviceable dry Rose and for $7 it is a good value. I notice a spike in the TA level compared to the previous vintage so I would expect “bracing acidity” from this one.
I will grab one to take to our family reunion today and report in later with an update.
The wine had softened a bit, at least compared to my previous impression. Mostly citrus on the nose and palate, it almost drinks like a white.
My wife ran off with the bottle to share it with others so I only got to try one glass. She said everyone liked it so I guess you could call it a “crowd pleaser”. Definitely a bargain at the case price.
I really wanted to buy since yesterday but needed some positive reinforcement. ('cause, ya know, cases everywhere and stuff…) Thanks @chipgreen you’ve pushed me over the edge. And also the photo of the bottle in that covered picnic area, wherever that was (looks interesting), had a really nice hue to the wine that made me think it was likely to be pretty good for my tastes.
@DebRVA Last Bottle has a promising offer up now on 2018 Banshee rose. Good reviews and $10/bottle and FS on six! Agree about Fossil Point. Bought a few years ago and found it quite generic and not memorable