Post Flirtation Rosé 2019
50% Zinfandel, 50% Negroamaro
Zinfandel: King Vineyard, Suisun Valley; grown with compost teas and without pesticides and herbicides; dry farmed on clay.
Negroamaro: Fox Hill Vineyard (30%); farmed according to organic principles without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fungicides. Benson Ranch (20%); dry farmed (no irrigation) vines; farmed according to organic principles without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fungicides. Both vineyards are located in Ukiah, Mendocino County.
This year's blend contains Negroamaro which adds exotic flavors, brightness, and complexity.
Quintessentially summer: peak season strawberry through and through + a hint of bitter pomegranate and tart rhubarb.
Fermented in barrel to create a more textured rosé.
The Zinfandel gets pressed whole cluster, and is lightly racked (capturing the majority of juice lees) to barrel for fermentation. We foot tread the Negroamaro and leave it on stems and skins overnight prior to pressing it directly to neutral barrel for fermentation. I prefer using barrels for rosé fermentations instead of stainless steel tanks. It softens the wine and creates a welcoming, round body; contrasting many rosés that can be quite angular. Soon after primary and malolactic fermentation, we racked this wine off the lees to keep it fresh and light. The outcome being a nicely balanced wine, soft yet full of energetic, textural acidity. The Negroamaro is a special addition to this year’s blend, and we started working with Fox Hill Negroamaro specifically with this wine in mind. It adds some exotic flavors and textures to the pure strawberry notes of Zin rosé. This is a classic Post Flirtation wine—exuberant and almost too easy to drink!
Production: 260 cases
12% alcohol. Filtered. At bottling (March 2020): free SO2 6 mg/L, total SO2 27 mg/L. Residual sugar: 2.9 g/L.