Our 2021 Rosé is medium-bodied yet light, dry and crisp. The expressive aromas of juicy strawberries and melon are laced with a subtle hint of violet, transporting us to dream of the warm and sunny days ahead. The bold flavors of red fruit berries, white cherry, and hibiscus layer seamlessly with the lingering white spice finish, bringing you a rosé that is just as good from the first sip to the tenth!
Blend: 61% Syrah, 32% Merlot, 7% Malbec
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2021 was a gratifying year, overall. We had an early budbreak but we luckily avoided the frost that impacted some of the other East Coast vineyards on the east coast. Budbreak was followed by a warm (but not too warm) summer that was filled with plenty of sunshine and just a little bit of rain when you would want it (but not when you didn’t) throughout the year, followed by a typical September with plenty of warm (but not too warm) sunshine, cool evenings, and little rainfall. Overall, the grapes were very healthy, and the picking went smoothly which led to good yields that were not too small, and not too large. In fact, they were right on track to produce a wide variety of wines including Rolling Hills and maybe even Viento and M. The harvest of our white grapes was more compact than usual - but not wildly so. All white grapes were picked between August 30th (Grüner Veltliner for sparkling) and September 8th (Viognier) instead of the usual 2-3 week span for picking.
435 cases produced
Rosé is actually one of the most simple wines we make at BAV, but it is also the most fragile. During harvest, when we bring in a load of a red variety (typically Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, or Malbec), we immediately put it in a tank and bleed off around 20% of the juice specifically for rosé. The other 80% is left in the tank with 100% of the skins, making our red wines more complex and concentrated. We take that 20%, put it in a tank, and let it ferment on its own as if it were a white wine, stirring it in the winter and then bottling it in the spring. So where does the fragile part come in? We have to be careful with every step of the process. If not handled carefully, we will lose the pink color, pretty aroma, and robust flavors.