2017 Rosé of Zinfandel
The fruit was hand harvested in the early morning hours using spot lights on our tractor to keep the grapes cool before being whole cluster pressed in a small basket bladder press a few hundred feet from the vineyard. We fermented the wine in two 80 gallon stainless steel barrels on the thick lees to help with natural heat and cold stability. A cool fermentation was done to protect the delicate flavors of this Rosé and it is bone dry. Malolactic fermentation was restricted to retain bright zesty acidity.
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The grapes are from our Estate organic dry-farmed vineyard in the mountains (2000 foot elevation) of Yorkville Highlands Mendocino County. Our mountain vineyard soils are a gravelly clay loam with many large rocks mixed in to produce a Rosé with great complexity.
Vineyard: Seawolf Estate
Appellation: Yorkville Highlands
Winemakers: Emma Kudritzki Hall and Jesse Hall
Production: 60 cases
Total acidity: 7.0 g/l
Residual sugar: 0.1 g/l00ml
Yield 2 tons/acre
Clones: Saint Peters Church, Mazzoni, Primitivo, Clone X