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Jon Nathaniel Wines

2016 Star Star Rosé

2016 Star Star Rosé

What it tastes like to us…

It’s been a long time coming, but Rosé is finally out of the closet. Everywhere you look – restaurants, cafes, wine shops, grocery stores – Rosé is stocked, stacked and stealing the show. Even bros are drinking it. So in 2016 we jumped in, with Star Star Rosé (so good we named it twice) made with juicy red Syrah grapes. This wine is on the rich, creamy side of the Rosé spectrum, with warm notes of wild strawberry, red raspberry and fistfuls of rose petals and honeysuckle. And have you ever had those French violet mints that come in the little tin box? You’ll taste ‘em here, in a nice long finish that blends fruit and floral to perfection. This is a weighty wine, so much so, that if you close your eyes you might mistake it for a red.

What Mother Nature delivered…

An early bud break set the stage, and like dominoes the rest of the 2016 growing season fell without a hitch, from bloom, to berry set, to veraison and harvest. It was dry – boy was it ever – but late spring rains were just enough to keep the vine roots quenched. We could have used a little more fruit, but we sure couldn’t complain about the quality. Not a bad tradeoff.

What we did then…

The technique we used to make Star Star Rosé is called Saignée or Bleeding, but don’t worry, it’s not as barbaric as it sounds. After hand picking, the red grapes are crushed, separated from the stems and placed in a stainless steel tank. In a matter of hours, the skins separate from the juice, rising to the top to form a kind of cap. Shortly after that, we open a valve at the bottom of the tank and a portion of the pink juice (pink because it hasn’t been in contact with the skins for too long) gets pumped into another tank for fermentation and aging. Voila! Rosé!

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Appellation: Napa Valley
Varietals: 100% Syrah
Production: 50 cases

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