Vintage 2017
Wine Type Rosé
Varietal Malbec
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Trevor Durling

Refreshingly dry, with delightful aromas and flavors of berry and rose water. 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: 13.7%
Production: 374 cases

Tasting Notes

Refreshingly dry and crisp, our 2017 Malbec Rosé offers an elegant, pale-rose color and delightful aromas of berry, rose water and fragrant Turkish delight candy. A mouthwatering, yet delicate and soft nature persists, unfolding to savory mineral undertones, suggesting a slight flintiness. 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: 66 percent full cluster press came from our sister estate BV Ranch #12 and 34 percent saignée 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

Overall, 2017 proved to be a very memorable vintage with slightly smaller yields but exceptional quality.  A brief period of warmer than usual temperatures occurred during Labor Day weekend which accelerated the harvest in some areas but was perfect for ripening the fruit in the Napa Valley.  Temperatures subsided just when we needed and the fruit was allowed to mature and ripen perfectly on the vines before harvest officially began.  2017 will be remembered as an intense and unpredictable harvest but one of tremendous quality, with wines showing great flavor intensity, perfect ripening and maturity, lovely balance and complexity.

Winemaking Notes

We use two different techniques to create our Malbec Rosé. We hand harvested the Malbec grapes from our sister estate 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, 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.