2017 Skylark Pink Belly Rosé
Our story of rose started in 2007, when we produced a small amount of Grenache rose meant to be house wine for our families. We love the beautiful simplicity of rose, the freshness, the ability to be light yet fully flavorful. It is the ultimate quaffer. It wasn’t our master plan to produce rose in commercial quantities, but organically the demand and production grew together. With this increase, we outgrew our block at Kurt Ashurst’s Grenache vineyard in Hopland. To meet the demand, we added fruit from Charlie Sawyer’s stellar Grenache site above Ukiah, our long-time home for our Grenache noir. As the northeast corner of this vineyard ripens first, we picked those rows on September 5th to add to our rose production. The two sites were whole-cluster pressed separately and then blended after primary fermentation. With the ability to add this corner of Sawyer to our production, now it’s not just pink for us it’s pink for all.
Salmon pink color. Aromas of the red fruits of summer: strawberry, cherry and watermelon with complexities of citrus and orange peel. While the palate is sleek and defined, Sawyer has added more dimension and midpalate texture. The freshly crushed red fruits and candied orange peel dovetail into a refreshingly dry finish. California sun and warmth meet their Provencal heritage.
1250 cases produced.
- 90 pts Wine & Spirits
- 90 pts Jeb Dunnuck