2018 Grenache Rosé
This rosé is comprised of 100% Grenache Noir grapes that are grown and picked specifically for rosé and the pale pink color and bright aromatic highlight this. The aromatics of strawberries, hibiscus, blood orange and cranberry entice you with their charms at first encounter. Relatively high acidity leads to an intense palate of ruby red grapefruit, red apple, white pepper and spice. The brightness combined with lees aging gives this wine a complexity and vibrancy that carries all the way through the finish. The purity of the Grenache grape makes this wine a match for almost any dish.
Central Coast Wine Competition, June 2019 – Double Gold
Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2019 – 91 points
Vinous Media – 90 points
Terroirist.com, July 2019 – 90 points
Tasters Guild Wine Competition, May 2019 – Silver
Estate Oak Club $17.00/bottle Reserve Oak Club $16.00/bottle
The vintage of 2018 started with a mild winter which caused the vines to come out of their dormancy towards the end of March, beginning of April. A mild frost season of only 2-3 cold nights post bud bread lead to an ideal bloom. A decrease in rain from 2017 with a total of over 8 inches but also limited wind, translated to a successful and strong fruit set across all varietals at Camp 4 vineyard. Cooler summer and fall seasons elongated the growing season and pushed harvest back, reminding us of our inaugural vintage of 2010. This extended harvest allowed the fruit to produce balanced chemistry and vibrant aromatic profiles. The grapes of the 2018 vintage are showing extremely high potential with great depth, concentration, 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 18 varietals focusing on Rhone and Bordeaux, providing an ideal micro-climate 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 with the focus on sustainable farming.
A perfect pairing for a warm day accompanied by this Grenache Rosé and a melon and prosciutto salad. This rosé also compliments almost any salad- a favorite of ours is a roasted beet salad with goat cheese and pistachios. The unique thing about our Grenache Rosé is that it can be paired with almost anything from cheese to shellfish to pizza.