Malene wines are inspired by the region of Provence in southern France, renowned for its vibrant, flavorful and dry wines. As in Provence, Santa Barbara County features a Mediterranean climate, sunny and warm during the day but with close proximity to the ocean to cool the vines at night. These coastal growing conditions produce grapes that are highly aromatic, with the structure needed for the wine’s balance and finesse.
The 2017 Malene Rosé is reminiscent of the fine Rosés of Provence, both mouth-filling and crisp, dry and complex. The Grenache supplies the backbone with copious honeydew melon and strawberry aromatics, as well as a delicious creamy texture on the palate. The Vermentino lifts the fragrance of the wine, adding notes of white flowers and lychee. Cinsault is exuberant and fresh with a fruity character similar to Grenache. The Mourvedre is very savory and imparts a slightly herbaceous character, intermingled with a flinty minerality. Finally, the Syrah fleshes out the texture and length on the palate. With plenty of fruit intensity and a clean, long acid driven finish, this wine will pair well with cuisine ranging from fresh oysters to pasta puttanesca.
91 points, Wine Enthusiast
The 2017 Malene Rosé of Mourvedre is reminiscent of a Bandol-style Rosé: savory, complex and broad. Darker in hue, this wine opens with aromas of white tea and fresh peaches, leading into hints of orange liqueur. The palate is bright and textured, bursting with tropical flavors of melon, papaya and key lime leading to a long, smooth finish. This wine will reward with up to two years of aging.
90 points, Wine Enthusiast
The 2017 Malene Old Vine Rosé of Grenache is reminiscent of the fine Rosés of Provence, both mouth-filling and crisp, dry and complex. Light in hue, this wine opens with tropical aromas of fresh kiwi and papaya, leading into subtle hints of gooseberry. The palate is bright and textured, bursting with sweet notes of lemon cake, orange zest and spiced almonds, leading to a long, smooth finish.
Grenache Noir is a traditional component of classic Rosé and one of our favorite varietals when bottled on its own. Our 2015 Malene Grenache Noir displays the exuberant black fruit flavors and rich, spice characteristics typically found in Grenache from cool coastal climates. Light ruby in color, this wine opens with aromas of wild strawberry, pomegranate, leading into hints of lilac and dried sage. The palate is bright and textured, with notes of licorice, tobacco and cherry liqueur. This wine can be aged for up to five years.
Rolle is a traditional component of classic Rosé and one of our favorite varietals when bottled on its own. Our 2017 Malene Rolle possesses layers of exuberant fruit, a full-bodied texture and a viscous palate that is rich and long lasting. Pale straw in color, this wine opens with aromas of white peach, green apple and plantain, leading into hints of orange blossom. The palate is bright and textured, with flavors of mango, chives and white pepper leading to a crisp, mouthwatering finish. This wine can be aged for up to two years.