Planted in 1999 and farmed organically from the outset, our CCOF-certified Skid Row Vineyard is the westernmost block on the Saracina Ranch Vineyards, marked by black clay and gravelly soils at the base of the foothills. We harvested the Malbec at sunrise on August 24, 2015.
The fruit was destemmed and the whole berries were transferred directly into the press for a two-hour soak, then pressed gently to tank. The blend of three lots was assembled with fine lees in December and left on those lees until immediately prior to bottling in March 2016.
Our beautifully pale-hued 2015 Skid Rose' may be the most charming version to date, with subtle Alpine strawberry, blood orange, and watermelon Jolly Rancher notes. Coming in at just 13% alcohol, it is incredibly engaging and satisfying yet light on its feet. Rose' is the perfect patio wine for summer barbecues since it pairs effortlessly with tomato salads, almost any cheese, grilled seafood or sausages, not to mention with a simple summer dessert of sliced fresh fruits. With its versatility of flavors, our Rose' should find a place at any Thanksgiving table as well.
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