Elizabeth Spencer Rosé of Grenache, Mendocino
Whole cluster pressed and crafted with purpose from the outset, this Rosė of Grenache shows rosy-lilac in the glass, with an abundance of lush florals on the nose. The palate offers notes of tart bing cherries, ripe raspberries, wild strawberries, and earthy bergamot. A delicate and refreshing wine with enough structure to earn itself a seat at your table year round. Owned by the same family for nearly 100 years, the Grenache vineyard for this rosė is located on the southwestern facing slope along the Talmage Bench east of Ukiah in Mendocino County. The Russian River flows the length of the Ukiah Valley, and the fertile flood plain of this famous waterway is flanked by miles of benchland. The rough, stony, well-drained soils here force the vines to struggle throughout the growing season, and as a result, the small berries develop concentrated aromatics and flavors. The vineyard for this Rosė of Grenache is handled separately from those used for the red Grenache, giving the control that is necessary to produce a Rosė wine of exemplary quality. The grapes are harvested once they have achieved the perfect balance of ripeness and structure, the fruit then macerates on its skins to extract color before being pressed off into a stainless tank for fermentation.