Saracina

Atrea Skid Rose' 2011

Vintage and Release Information

Mendocino County Rose' Wine 2011
Released April 1, 2012
Production of 150 cases

Varietal Composition

86% Malbec, 14% Grenache

Technical Data

13.2% alcohol by volume
5.8 g/L titratable acidity
pH 3.54
Bottled March 30, 2012

Vineyards and Harvest

The Malbec was sourced from our estate grown, organically certified Ski Row Vineyard.  It was picked in two passes on October 2 and October 17, 2011.  The Grenache was sourced from Sawyer Vineyard, a benchland site overlooking Lake Mendocino, harvested October 18.

Winemaking and Cooperage

The blend was created in the purist, traditional Provencal manner of making a Rose' wine:  draining juice from crushed red grapes after 24 hours of skin contact.  The settled juice was fermented to dryness in neutral French oak and smalll stainless barrels with more than two months of lees contact.  It was racked to tank to settle in late February and was bottled on March 30, 2012.

Winemaker

Alex MacGregor

Assistant Winemaker

Sebastian Donoso

Winemaker's Comments

Our second vintage of this crowd-pleasing Skid Rose' pops even more than the wildly popular 2010 vintage, with very vibrant strawberry, watermelon rind and pink grapefruit aromatics.  The palate is bright, refreshing and juicy.  This is the wine you want to have on hand in the spring time with a plate of steamed asparagus topped with Asiago cheese and olive oil or for a picnic on a hot summer day.  Of course, some of us enjoy Rose' at our Thanksgiving table!