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Old Vine Rosé

Laurel Glen Rosella Old Vine Rosé

A Limited Production Field Blend Rosé

The Europeans who ‘settled’ Sonoma Mountain in the 1880’s planted winegrapes. A row of these pioneer grapevines still grow at Laurel Glen Vineyard. They are gnarly old vines twisting their way up out of the red volcanic rock soil, right next to two rows of Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted in 1968. Starting with vintage 2012, what little fruit these three rows of old vines produced was pressed into a field blend Rosé. Part of the blend is Cabernet Sauvignon and part is a mix of obscure red varietals, most of which we can’t identify with any certainty! Today we also blend in some Merlot from our neighbor, the Pickberry Vineyard.

The 2020 Laurel Glen Rosé was made from red grapes, but the juice was fermented without the skins or seeds just like a white wine. Fermentation in a small stainless steel tank was kept at a very cool temperature in order to capture and preserve the fresh fruit aromas and flavors. The wine has a beautiful nose of strawberries and pineapple. It has refeshing fruit-tart flavors in the mouth and leaves you salivating for another sip.”

-Randall Watkins, Winemaker

Vintage: 2020
Appellation: Sonoma Mountain
Varietal Composition: 30% of mixed field blend reds, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot
Case Production: 180 9L Cases
Alcohol: 13.5% by volume