Estate Rose always delivers intense floral aromas and concentrated richness due to the vineyard’s tiny dry-farmed grapes. Of course, the richness all packs into the zesty, crisp dry Rosé profile. For the better part of the decade, we focused Estate Rosé on the purity of 100% Grenache. However, after a research trip to Bandol in 2019, we couldn’t resist the temptation to add Mourvèdre (and Syrah) to the blend in 2020. The team feels that 2020 created the best Estate Rose yet, so in 2021 we set out to replicate it.
Grenache comes primarily from Block 3 and also early picks of Grenache off of Blocks 1 and 5, which are traditionally used for red Grenache. Mourvèdre fruit comes from the bottom of the 6,000 vine/acre, head-pruned, own-rooted, pre-clonal Pliocene block. We early pick the bottoms and crop-thin from most Syrah blocks including some of our most prized.
Light peach in color. On the nose, billowy depth of stone fruits, taut strawberries, and fresh citrus. In the mouth, bright energy strikes up front, taking attention from the subtle tactile richness. A nuanced, yet utterly enjoyable expression of Rosé that can sit at the table with the most noble of the breed. The 2021 Estate Rose will continue to gain layers of flesh in the coming months if not years.
The cold spring and moderate summer weather of 2021 set up a late harvest after slow sugar accumulation and great acid retention. The fruit hung, slowly accumulating flavor into October before we began harvesting for Rosé. Even with these late harvest dates, up to a 6-8 week swing from warmer vintages, the wine comes in at a light 11.8% alcohol.
Owners: Tom & Marilyn Stolpman and Pete & Jessica Stolpman
Location: Los Olivos, California
Over 20 years ago, our Founding Partner, Tom Stolpman, discovered what we believe to be one of the greatest viticultural sites on earth. Hidden in the hills of California’s Central Coast, on a rare Limestone outcropping & unobstructed from the Pacific Ocean wind, this unique land is naturally suited to grow Syrah and Roussanne grapes. We are committed to preserving this natural environment for our vines through conscious farming, dry farming, & sustainable employment. In the winery, we prefer native fermentation & minimal manipulation.
Dedicated to sensible farming & winemaking, we believe that we can create vibrant, site-specific wines, with a focus unique to Ballard Canyon AVA, California.
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It was wonderful to get this early. Got it Thursday but didn’t actually open it until the weekend. So Saturday evening I pulled the cork, yep, it has a cork
On pouring it, I was enthralled it was so light. I almost wondered if (in the crappy lighting of my kitchen) it was really a white not a rose. It is a very very pale peach in color. (I Have a crappy pic, will add at the end, had a challenge finding something to show the color, failed miserably. Tried the thing to pull the image of just the glass out, but since it’s clear, that failed even worse.)
Ok. So it’s very light on the tongue and the nose. It smells, this is going to sound odd, but, clean. Like a very light hint of fruit. To my coffee driven taste, I got stone fruit right a way, on the first sip all the way to the second glass.
I ate it with a hamburger, with a burrito the second night and with local artisan sweet white cheddar pop corm.
This is a real nice porch pounder. Easy to drink and doesn’t overpower what you are having with it.
Curious whether folks simply have too much rose or if Mondays are just naturally slow days? Great quality product here - and at a fantastic price. My guess is that this rose will continue to blossom for the next 12-24 months . . .