Grenache Rose 2011

Grenache Rose 2011

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Winemaker Notes

The beautiful color, fresh aromas, and elegant texture of this Rosé are the result of fermenting only the free run juice of lightly pressed Grenache grapes. This dry wine entices with aromas of strawberry, watermelon and pomegranate coupled with flavors of cherries and grapefruit. The finish is crisp with notes of minerality

Awards, Ratings, Reviews

Platinum Medal, 2012 Platinum Judging (Wine Press Northwest)

94 Points, Portland Monthly "Oregon’s 50 Best Wines 2012"
The Spanish specialists at Abacela are revealing just how light and fresh warm-weather varietals can be. This delightful, dry rosé pulls you in with aromas of pomegranate and strawberries and hooks you with flavors of peaches, tart cherry, and zippy citrus.

Gold Medal, 2012 World of Wine Festival Wine Competition

Gold Medal & Jerry Mead Award, 2012 NorthWest Wine Summit

Outstanding! & Best Buy, Wine Press Northwest
Almost every winemaker will tell you their current vintage of a particular wine is the best they've produced. In this case, the folks at Abacela could be right, which is saying quite a bit considering this wine perennially earns a spot in our year-end Platinum Judging. The inviting brilliant pink color is followed by a nose of strawberry, apricot and marshmallow, followed by bright cherries, more strawberries and a big bite of fresh peach. Its texture is akin to peach skin, and the cranberry acidity, combined with its blank residual sugar, gives it almost endless food-pairing possibilities. "A bounty of 2011 rosé: The Chronicle recommends", San Francisco Chronicle
Hilda and Earl Jones have been proving for 20 years that southern Oregon's Umpqua Valley is just the right spot to grow Spanish varieties, and their pink is true to that country's robust rosados. Full of peach juice and lime rickey flavors, its gutsiness is balanced by an inviting mineral edge.

Silver Medal, 2012 Pacific Rim Wine Competition

Silver Medal, 2012 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

Silver Medal, 2013 SavorNW Wine Awards

Technical Notes

Fruit Source:  Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards
Appellation:  Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Harvest Date:  7, 19 October, 1 November 2011
Varietal Composition: Grenache (100% lightly pressed free run juice)
At harvest:  Sugar; 22.8o brix  pH; 3.08 TA; 9.08 grams/liter        
Cooperage:  Stainless Steel
Closure:  Screwcap
Alcohol:  13.0% by volume
Case Production:  615 (750 mL)