The Grenache and Syrah grapes for our GSM Rosé were sourced from our estate San Lucas Vineyard. San Lucas is located 17 miles south of our Greenfield winery. Here, the days are warmer and longer, yet cool down quite dramatically when the sun goes down, recording a greater day-to-night temperature differential. This brings out a lush blackberry fruitiness with a soft-on-the-palate feel. The Mourvèdre grapes are grown on our estate Hames Valley Vineyard, located at the southern edge of Monterey County. Hames has a climate characterized by a high day-to-night temperature differential, with a variation of up to 50° quite common. The resulting blend is a wonderfully balanced wine with abundant full fruit and a subtle spiciness and earthiness.
76% Grenache, 22% Mourvèdre, 2% Syrah
The grapes for our Rosé were destemmed, lightly crushed, and allowed to macerate on their red skins for 12 hours before being gently pressed. Maceration is the process of soaking the color and phenols out of the grape solids and allows for a greater extraction of color and flavor. The insides of all grapes (both red and white) are white and produce clear juice – the color in red wine comes from contact with the skins. The longer the grape skins are left hanging out in the wine, the darker the color of the finished Rosé. Fermentation was conducted with select yeast at a cool temperature in stainless steel to retain the bright fruit esters and floral aromas.