Dry True Rosé made with
Intention from Old Vines.
36% grenache, 28% carignan
28% mourvèdre, 8% cinsault
by melinda kearney and
michèle lorenza ouellet
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Harvest began August 15th, a week or so later than the previous year after a moderate growing season, and ended with two final picks on the 23rd. The fruit was ready all at once during an intense, long week with many highlights! The Grenache was picked as the full moon set and with a magical sunrise on the 18th. Another morning our all girl crew showed us how it was done—spirits were high! With much gratitude and respect for the talented individuals who tend the vines year round and help us to bring in the fruit as well as our team in the cellar — heart, soul and moxie. And of course the vineyards, many of the vines have well over 100 harvests. After eight vintages it’s become a close collaboration with our growers. Thanks to each individual involved, Lorenza is much more than a glass of something pink — it’s a pool of love.
This year we had two presses in action that gently drew the juice from the clusters. Separate fermentations in stainless steel were cold and stretched as long as possible to retain freshness and bright flavors. This year we were particularly delighted by the citrus flavors, texture and balance of the Grenache. The Cinsault each vintage holds an impressive round and weighty place on the palate. At complete dryness we made our blend. Bottling happened on two days (!) December 19 and 20 with 3920 cases produced. 11.4% Alcohol
The 2016 is a pale, gorgeous rose gold with aromas of delicate fruits and flowers, tangerine blossom and rose petal. Flavors hint at golden raspberry, ripe peach and finger lime. Zingy acidity, a touch of creaminess and weight on the palate, with distinctive minerality and a mouth wateringly crisp finish. Cheers to True Rosé.