2016 MALENE Rosé

Tasting Notes

The 2016 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. Mourvedre also 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.

APPELLATION

45% Santa Ynez Valley
29% Paso Robles
13% Russian River Valley
10% Monterey
3% Edna Valley

VARIETAL

59% Grenache
13% Cinsault
13% Vermentino
12% Mourvedre
3% Counoise

ALCOHOL

13.1%

pH

3.25

TITRATABLE ACIDITY

6.6 g/L

AGING POTENTIAL

Designed to be enjoyed fresh and young,
consume within 2 years of vintage date.

RELEASE DATE

February 2017

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Vineyards

The majority of grapes for Malene Rosé are grown in California’s Central Coast, a multi-faceted growing region moderated by its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Just as the vineyards of France’s Provence are influenced by the closeness of the Mediterranean Sea, the vines of the Central Coast are likewise shaped by the cooling breezes and fogs that sweep in from the Pacific. Our Central Coast grapes are grown in two distinct regions, Santa Barbara County and Paso Robles.

Santa Barbara County
The warm, long growing season in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County is about as Provençal as it gets in California. We source Grenache and Cinsault from two vineyards in this area: Camp 4 and Mesa Verde. Camp 4 was planted to Rhone varietals by Fess Parker and is now owned by the Chumash Indian tribe. It has become one of the top sources for Rhones in the Santa Ynez Valley. Both vineyards are planted on sandy loam soils, ideal for these naturally vigorous varietals, and experience cool afternoon breezes blowing east from the Pacific through the Santa Rita Hills.

Paso Robles
We source from four different vineyards in Paso Robles, including Burbank Ranch, French Camp and Helios Vineyard. These are predominantly clustered around the cooling effect of the Templeton Gap. While Paso Robles is a relatively warm AVA, this area, located adjacent to a gap in the coastal range, has the greatest maritime influence and is well suited to growing Rhone based Rose grapes.

Food Pairing

Like a fine, dry white wine, Malene Rosé can be enjoyed with a wide variety of foods. Its layered versatility allows for easy entertaining in environments both casual and formal. Well-suited to picnics and barbecues, its impeccably balanced texture and crisp acidity make the wine an equally elegant match for refined dishes possessing complex flavors.

Enjoy Malene Rosé with diverse dishes and cuisine including:

Mediterranean
Bouillabaisse (fish soup); Pissaladière (French Onion Pizza); Tapenade; Aioli; Mushroom Quiche; Rosemary Flatbread with Blue Cheese

Indian
Lentil Soup with Lemon and Chiles; Halibut with Onions and Tomatoes; Chicken Tikka Masala

Thai
Coconut Chicken Soup; Pad Thai; Thai-style Basil Shrimp; Pork and Noodles Stir-Fry

California
Linguine with Chevre, Herbs and Tomatoes; Asparagus Risotto with Lemon; Chicken Quesadillas; Baja Fish Tacos

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