Rosé Summer Special
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This summer, in order to provide an overview of Rosé’s variety and a snapshot of its styles, we are showcasing six different varietals produced by top winemakers in the Santa Barbara County AVA. Enjoy a true horizontal tasting. Order your Rosé today!
Six different styles of Rosé - Six different Wineries
We included one bottle each of the following wines in this special package:
Timbre "Opening Act" 2016 Rosé, Santa Barbara County AVA
100% Pinot Noir
Timbre is often referred to as the “color” in music, how two voices can express their individuality, even when singing the same note at the same volume. This saignée blend of Pinot Noir grapes produces a Rosé from Timbre Winery that channels the vineyard sites, specifically Presqu’ile, John Sebastiano, and Bien Nacido through the experiences of the winemaker. The “Opening Act” Rosé if perfumed with strawberries, watermelon and rose petals that is complimented by a wonderful delicacy, crisp acidity, and slightly creamy texture. Notes of zingy red fruit lead into a strong finish.
Para Maria de los Tecolotes 2016 Rosé, Santa Barbara County AVA
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah
The 2016 Para Maria Rosé was produced in honor of Maria, the forewoman and wife of the current vineyard manager of Stolpman Vineyards, Ruben Solorzano. The name translates to “For Maria, of the Owls” and refers to the people of her native village of Jalisco, Mexico. The people there are so renowned for their all night parties, they have earned the nickname “night owls” or “los tecolotes.” This 2016 vintage blends predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with a small percentage of carbonic Syrah. The resulting wine is light, crisp wine with notes of fresh strawberry, light peach, and racing acidity. It's a dry, zesty Rosé with a flare of exotic lychee, star fruit and jasmine that glide into a lively, yet soft tangerine finish.
Brander 2016 Rosé, Los Olivos District, Santa Barbara County AVA
66% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon
Beautifully melding elegance and grace with irrepressible style and verve, Brander Vineyard’s 2016 Rosé is a mouthwatering blend of Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon to contribute additional nuance and aromatic intrigue. The gorgeous salmon hue only hints at the remarkable complexity of an emollient palate laden with crunchy nectarine, ripe strawberries, a touch of young honeydew melon, and a hint of rose.
Tercero 2016 Rosé, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County AVA
Tercero’s 2016 Mourvèdre Rosé is arguably the winery's best vintage yet. Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were foot stomped by winemaker, Larry Schaffer (and only Larry!), left on the skins for an hour, then dumped in the press and pressed whole cluster. The juice was then fermented at cooler temperatures in a stainless tank, before being aged in a combination of stainless steel and older French oak barrels for about 4 months. This beautiful light colored Mourvèdre Rosé is an outstanding example of a high-quality California Rosé. A refreshing full-bodied wine, with an elegant mouthfeel, leading into a tangy, dry finish. Don't be afraid to allow this Rosé to warm up closer to room temperature - you'll notice the aromatics are more pronounced and the texture of the wine becomes more noticeable.
Dragonette 2016 Rosé, Happy Canyon AVA, Santa Barbara County
88% Grenache, 8% Mourvèdre, 4% Syrah
Winemakers Brandon Sparks-Gillis and John and Steve Dragonette of Dragonette Cellars take their Rosé seriously, sourcing the fruit from highly regarded vineyard sites and picking grapes early for the express purpose of making Rosé. They then ferment the wine until dry in a combination of neutral oak, concrete, and stainless steel. The result is a Provencal style wine with a nose of wild strawberry and raspberry, peach skin, blood orange, and a touch of pine and earth. On the palate, the wine delivers flavors of strawberry, raspberry, pear, nectarine, Fuji apple, and melon, with acidity-inspired notes of orange peel and stony minerals.
Ampelos 2016 Rosé of Syrah, Santa Barbara County AVA
80% Syrah, 15% Grenache, 5% Riesling
"Soil. Vines. Wines. This is the order in which great wine is made." This 2016 Rosé of Syrah from Ampelos Vineyard and Cellars is a firecracker of a wine with rich color and a complex profile to match! One third of the grape clusters were de-stemmed, crushed and cold soaked for 5 days, giving it a beautiful bold pink color, a red wine-like mouthfeel and light tannins. With minimal interference from the winemakers, Ampelos wines truly showcase the terroir from the Santa Ynez Valley. Overall this Rosé has natural aromas and flavors produced by the Syrah grape with added depth and texture from a splash of Grenache and a touch of Riesling. Incredible bright acidity meets your nose and palate with tones of strawberry, pear and red fruit. Dry, crisp and smooth, the 2016 vintage will be one to remember.
Embrace the dryer side of Rosé, Santa Barbara style!
Color, texture, and flavors in a Rosé are influenced by the method by which the wine is produced, the amount of time the grapes are left on their skins, and the types of varietals used, among other things. Rosé can be produced through two methods - saignée and maceration - both relying on the skin contact to impart color, flavor, and texture to the finished wine. When using the saignée method (meaning “bleeding” in French), Rosé is produced as a byproduct of red wine. Grapes are harvested with the intention of making red wine. A portion of the pink juice is removed at an early stage in production, which is then fermented separately to produce Rosé. In the limited maceration method, red grapes are picked with the express purpose of making Rosé, often earlier and with higher acidity than when picked to make red wine. When the grapes are crushed, the skins are left in contact with the juice for a short period of time - usually between 12 and 24 hours - until the juice achieves the desired color. Then the entirety of the juice is pressed off and fermented to make Rosé.
Nearly any red wine grape can be used to make Rosé (and sometimes even grey-skinned grapes like Pinot Gris and Grenache Blanc!). Although many winemakers stick to more traditional Southern Rhône Provencal varietals for Rosé like Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre, others are experimenting with different grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Pinot Noir. We’ve tried to showcase an array of different styles and varietals available in order to provide an overview of Rosé’s variety and a snapshot of its form in Santa Barbara County.
Dry Rosé is the ideal wine for warm weather, long days, and lingering sunshine - although in Santa Barbara, we’ve embraced it as welcome and refreshing sipper year round. A flexible drinker, Rosé pairs ridiculously well with a number of dishes - from light, fresh salads to seafood to meatier dishes like fried chicken, burgers, and barbecue ribs - or as an aperitif.