• 2011 Rosé
    Mendocino (Dry)
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A series of early storms at the beginning of October 2011 kept the grapes wet for nine days; by the time the weather had cleared rot was rampant throughout the vineyards. Hardest hit were the late-ripening reds grown on the Russian River bench lands, near Ukiah, where there was concern that the grapes would fall apart before ripening. After the deluge, Debbie Pallini let the grapes on her ancient Grenache vines dry out, then meticulously harvested the sound fruit and dropped the rotted clusters on the ground thereby losing almost half her crop. Two other fields were a total loss so Navarro was only able to produce a fraction of our usual production. Last year we released Navarro's old vine Rosé in June but this year we are releasing it as part of our more limited March releases since there is so little to go around. The vintage was cool so the grapes yielded a delicately floral wine with crisp flavors suggesting strawberry and guava.

Pallini's ancient Grenache vines [above] always produce our best lot of rosé. Grapes for rosé are harvested with less sugar and more acid than if harvested for red wine to fashion a wine with moderate alcohol and higher natural acidity, both of which are desirable when paired with food.

  • Harvested: Oct. 15, 2011
  • Sugars at harvest: 22.8° Brix
  • Bottled: Feb. 16, 2012
  • Cases produced: 640
  • Alcohol: 13.6%
  • Titratable acidity: 7.6 g/L
  • pH: 3.21