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2019 Big Basin Vineyards Central Coast Grenache-Carignan Rosé (Elsewhere $26) SKU #1486839

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This premiere winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains has put the same time and consideration into crafting their rosé as they have their acclaimed Syrahs, Pinot Noirs, and Chardonnays. Winemaker's Notes: "In our quest to produce the most delicious rosé possible, we acquired some beautiful Grenache from a vineyard near Gilroy. This Grenache makes up 47% of the final blend and all of it was picked specifically for this purpose, so was picked earlier than we would for a red wine. All of these grapes were whole cluster pressed, like we would to make a white wine, along with the old vine Carignan from Wirz Vineyard. Grenache-based rosés have always been among my favorites, and I am happy to say that this effort delivers the beauty we would hope to achieve...the 2019 expresses an interplay of Grenache and Carignan that adds to the intrigue and complexity of the wine...The indigenous fermentation for this wine was very long and slow and only completed a couple of weeks prior to bottling. As a result, there is a trace of sediment (or cloudiness if it gets mixed up) as we did not filter out the tiny amount of spent yeast that was still not settled when we bottled. It has both wonderful texture and vibrant acidity that keeps it fresh and alive (refreshing!) The nose is floral with hints of peach and apricot. On the palate, the minerality comes through as crushed rocks with hints of stone fruit and just enough mouthwatering acidity to power a clean, but long finish."

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