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2017 Old Vine Rosé of Grenache

2017 Old Vine Rosé of Grenache

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. 

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The warm, long growing season in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County is about as Provençal as it gets in California. Zaca Mesa was one of the first vineyards planted in the Santa Ynez Valley and this fruit comes from their oldest block of Grenache, planted in 1973. The vineyard is planted against the mountains on a mesa of the northern edge of the Santa Ynez Valley. A relatively warm, elevated site with early ripening and rocky soils, this vineyard is ideal for Grenache, and experiences cool afternoon breezes blowing east from the Pacific through the Santa Rita Hills.



The grapes for our Old Vine Rosé of Grenache are hand-picked and sorted in the cool evenings of harvest. They are are whole cluster pressed to a mixture of second fill and neutral French oak barriques using a very gentle press program similar to what is used in Champagne. Allowed to ferment with indigenous yeasts and put through partial malolactic fermentation, this wine has a very pale color and mouthfeel similar to a high quality, aromatic white wine.

Food Pairing

Malene Old Vine Rosé of Grenache can be enjoyed with a wide variety of foods. Its layered versatility allows for pairing with both light and heavier dishes, including:

Bouillabaisse (fish soup); Pissaladière (French Onion Pizza); Salad Niçoise; Caprese Pasta

Miso Seared Salmon; Spicy Tuna Roll; Assorted Sashimi; Cucumber Sesame Salad

Kimchi Pancakes; Spicy Pork Bulgogi; Kimchi Fried Rice; Bibimbab

Grilled White Fish; Dungeness Crab; Avocado Toast with Pickled Radish; Shredded Pork Tacos

Wine Analysis

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Santa Ynez Valley
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