2016 Grenache Rosé
This rose is made up of 100% Grenache Noir grapes that are grown and picked specifically for rosé and the pale pink color and bright aromatics highlight this. The aromatics of fresh strawberries, watermelon, hibiscus and orange zest hit you with their charms at first encounter. Moderately high acidity leads to an intense palate of ruby red grapefruit, peach, and floral perfume. The salty minerality in conjunction with lees aging balance the vibrancy of this wine with hints of allspice and creaminess in the mid palate. The purity of the Grenache grape gives this dry rosé a bright yet rich palate that is a match for almost any dish. 100% Grenache Rosé.
Estate Oak Club $15.30 /bottle Reserve Oak Club $14.40 /bottle
The vintage of 2016 started with a fairly mild winter which caused vines to come out of their dormancy period earlier than normal. We also saw lower than average rainfall for the fourth consecutive year. A smooth frost season led to an ideal bloom time. During this time we saw lower rainfall and limited wind, which translated into a successful fruit set and eventually one of our higher yields for Camp 4 Vineyard. A warm summer initiated an early harvest, however the majority of the harvest season was conducted in balanced temperatures leading to favorable conditions and longer hang time. Both of these scenarios allowed for greater flavor development and concentration similar to what we saw in 2015. Unlike the 2015 vintage however, the harvest was extended allowing the fruit to produce balanced chemistry and vibrant aromatic profiles. The wines in tank and barrel showed the highest potential since the 2013 vintage and highlighted a great depth, concentration, flavor and balance.
Camp 4 Vineyard is situated on the eastern most edge of the Santa Ynez Valley and serves as the gateway into Happy Canyon. The vineyard is home to 19 varietals focusing on Rhone and Bordeaux, providing an ideal microclimate with a long growing season and maximum flavor development. The sandy-loam soil aids in producing high quality wine grapes. We pride our vineyard on the perfect balance of quality and quantity and the focus on sustainable farming.
A perfect pairing for a warm day accompanied by a glass of this Grenache rose and a melon and procuitto salad. This rose also complements most any salad- a favorite pairing of ours is a spinach and strawberry salad with feta cheese and candied walnuts, dressed with a light balsalmic. The unique thing about this rose is that is can be paired with most anything from salad to fish to pizza and even on its own on a warm day