2015 Morales Rosé

Grapes

41% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot

Vineyard

Located on a western slope of the northern Blue Ridge Mountains, between 1100 and 1300 feet above sea level. This planting consists of 11 acres of 7- to 19-year-old vines, growing in deep, steep and well drained rocky soils. The vines are cane pruned and trained to both the Open Lyre and Double Guyot system.

Vintage

The weather of 2015 in Virginia was quite normal or predictably quite unpredictable. A cold winter, hitting zero a few nights, followed by a cool dry spring with normal bud break around April 15. Early summer had increased frequency of rains but by the end of July the rains stopped and late summer into early autumn once again became very dry with beautiful fall ripening and harvest weather. Then during the last week of September, we were hit with a week of rain. All of our grapes were in with the exception of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and our late harvest Petit Manseng. These grapes were not ripe and were in sound condition going into the rains. Beautiful fall harvest weather returned and after a week of drying out, we continued to harvest. Between our porous rocky soils and extremely steep slopes, the still hanging grapes continued to ripen beautifully and were not negatively impacted by the late rains.

Winemaking

Three blocks of Merlot grapes were grown specifically for this Rosé. These grapes provide crisp acidic structure along with mineral nuances. The balance comes from bleeding off (saignée) for rosé, 10-15 % of the juice from Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot grapes as harvested later for red wine production. These grapes provide soft velvety tannin structure along with ripe red berry flavors. Fermented in neutral French oak barrels with lees stirring both of which provide hints of savory and earthy aromas and flavors. The lots were blended together in November 2015 and bottled in February 2016. 350 cases produced.

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Price

$21 (750 ml)