Vintage 2016
Wine Type Rosé
Varietal Malbec
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Trevor Durling

Refreshingly dry, with delightful aromas and flavors of berry and rhubarb. We sourced Malbec grapes from two outstanding vineyards in the Calistoga appellation of Napa Valley. For a beautiful rose color, vibrant flavors and silky texture, we combined whole cluster pressing with the French saignée method. With the twist-off closure, you don’t need to remember a corkscrew for your picnic!

Appellation: Calistoga
Aging: Cold-Fermented in Stainless Steel Tanks
Varietal Composition: 100% Malbec
ABV: 13.9%

Tasting Notes

Refreshingly dry and crisp, our 2016 Malbec Rosé offers an elegant, pale-rose color and delightful aromas suggesting berry, rhubarb and fragrant rose-scented Turkish delight candy. The mouthwatering flavors echo the aromas as they dance across the palate and culminate in a tangy berry finish. This is a wine best enjoyed when it’s young and fresh.

Vineyard Notes

We chose all the Malbec grapes for this wine from two outstanding vineyards in Calistoga: 75 percent came from our estate BV Ranch #12 and 25 percent from the Peppone Vineyard. The warm mesoclimate and lean, well-drained soils of these sites give our red Malbec wine enticing dark-fruit, floral and spice character, so we knew the grapes would make a delicious rosé too.

Vintage Notes

Provenance 2016 Malbec Rosé reflects the grapes’ superb ripeness and flavor concentration with vibrant fruit expression and exquisite balance. While Napa Valley received about two-thirds of normal rainfall, the effect of the three previous years of drought resulted in smaller clusters and grapes, thus giving the wine great concentration. Waves of warmer and cooler temperatures typified the vintage, however overall temperate weather made for an easy growing season. Ideal temperatures during flowering in May provided for better fruit-set than in 2015, although yields were still slightly below average. Quality was exceptional.

Winemaking Notes

We use two different techniques to create our Malbec Rosé. We hand harvested the Malbec grapes from BV Ranch #12 and immediately pressed the whole clusters. These grapes were picked at earlier maturity levels than they would be for a red wine, in order to preserve freshness and fruit-forward character. The second technique, called saignée in France, is the drawing off of a portion of the vibrant pink juice from the actual fermentation tank for our Provenance Malbec, thus concentrating that full-bodied red wine. These grapes were harvested from the Peppone Vineyard at higher maturity, which gave our Malbec Rosé its riper, richer flavors. Both vineyard-lots of juice were then cool-fermented in stainless steel tanks like a white wine until dry. Aging sur lie (on the yeast) with bâtonnage (stirring) to develop the silky texture and add yeasty complexity to the aromas.