The Valdigué grapes for this rosé were whole-cluster pressed and fermented with ambient cultures in a mix of neutral oak, stainless, and concrete vessels. The wine aged 10 months before bottling. The pour is golden but the robe is rose gold, and it’s fragrant of dried fruits — especially strawberries — with an added sense of bitter orange and roses. The texture is expansive, substantial, and more coating than I expected for a wine with this low alcohol. The flavors are tawny, like baked peaches. Firm acidity lifts the midsection and the wine finishes long. It’s an interesting, chewy, and substantial rosé, good with heartier cuisine.
2019 Jolie-Laide Valdigué Rosé Rosewood Vineyard Mendocino County
11% ABV | $28