This is a serious rosé. It is a rosé that has structure and is well made and can stand up to a lot of food. It is layered and complicated, a grown up rosé that will age and evolve. 

The nose is cranberry and orange peel, strawberries and coriander, gave and roses. It is bright and lifted, but has texture from being aged on the lees. 

Our notes from the group tasting:

This is rosé for adults, this is grown up rosé. Put your big kid pants on and buy the bottle. Maybe don’t share it at the pool.

This is rose for people with no more posters on the walls.

This wine was whole cluster pressed and aged on the lees in neutral French oak, with monthly stirring, for 7 months. Malo was inhibited. 

49 cases produced. 

2020 Cobden Wini Rosé, O’Sullivan Family Vineyard, Russian River


When you make rosé, there are a couple ways to get there. One way is called saignée, which means “to bleed” in French, and is exactly that: as you are processing fruit for a red wine, you take the juice that runs off and turn it into its own wine, rather than add it back in – which can add desired concentration to the red wine. You can also blend a red and a white wine. Or, you can pick fruit specifically for a rosé. I would never claim that one method is better, as there are excellent examples of both, but I do think that picking fruit at a Brix level that is complimentary for rosé can lead to a more balanced flavor profile. This wine is picked for rosé and is sent direct to press, with no extended skin contact. This gives a pale golden rose color that is as stunning to look at as it is to drink.

The O’Sullivan vineyard is a small vineyard is located in the sub-appellation of Green Valley (within the Russian River Valley appellation) and is mostly the Pommard clone, though some of the vine clones are unknown. This half acre plot makes around 50 cases of rosé each year.

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