Nero d'Avola Rosato 2020
100% Nero d’Avola
Whole clusters (stems intact) foot tread and loaded into the press to macerate overnight before being pressed in the morning. Fermented and aged in neutral tanks for 6 months. Unfined. Unfiltered. Sediment expected.
Benson Ranch, Ukiah, Mendocino County: 14-year-old head trained, dry farmed vines; farmed according to organic principles without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fungicides. On well-drained gravelly loam, gentle hillside.
Smells like mineral earth and strawberry rhubarb. Tastes like watermelon candy and early season strawberry on the finish.
This Rosato isn’t blending into the background! We’re the only Californian producer to make this style of wine from Nero d’Avola.
Vino di una notte... This translates to ‘one night wine’ and refers to the technique of crushing grapes and leaving them to macerate on skins (and in our case, stems) in their own juice overnight, adding color, texture, and complexity. I love using this technique with our Nero d’Avola because it produces a wine that falls between rosé and a red wine—zippy and bright like a rosé but textured and robust like a red wine. The farming at Benson Ranch also adds to the complexity of this wine. Dry farmed on well-drained soils, grape berries are small due to water scarcity and have a higher skin to juice ratio (skins are where you get a ton of flavor). The roots of these vines penetrate deep into the soil in search of water, at depths where soil mineral content goes up and organic matter is scarce, elevating the uptake of minerals, which I notice most as textural differences in the wine. I make this wine only when the vintage allows for it; the 2017 was a favorite, and I am so excited to release a small quantity of this wine again in the 2020 vintage.
We first racked the pressed juice off lees before fermentation began and then once again toward the end of fermentation. The extra racking along with elevage in neutral tanks helps to elevate the fruit-forward qualities I love in this wine. Fun fact: Emme Wines made a cider fermented on top of these skins after we pressed them!
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