Margerum 2021 'Riviera' Rosé, Santa Barbara County, CA
Winemaker: Doug Margerum
Grapes: Grenache, Counoise, and Syrah
Terroir: Limestone hillsides and gravelly alluvial flatlands
Vinification: These grapes are picked specifically for the rosé production, then crushed and immediately pressed to stainless steel tanks for a long, cold fermentation. The wine is blended with various lots of Counoise, Syrah and other Grenache lots that were saignée-d. Saignée is a winemaking process where we bleed off a portion of slightly pink juice from a red must right after crush. The wine is filtered and bottled early to capture brightness and vibrancy.
Tasting Notes: Aromas of strawberries and watermelon with a hint of chalky minerality. On the palate the wine is dry and crisp, with notes of wild, brambly strawberries and fresh cut summer herbs.