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My winemaking philosophy which I developed early on in my career is based on the concept that wine is a natural food. As such, the ultimate enjoyment of wine is as a graceful and harmonious accompaniment to a meal, whether it be simple or sublime.

While most of my wines are enjoyable by themselves, it is with food that they really shine, and reveal all of their nuances and textures. To me the best wines have the ability to bring out the best in the food they are paired with and conversely the food brings out the best in the wines.

2012 Pink Wine - Cuvée June
Santa Barbara County

2012 Pink Wine - Cuvée June

Technical Details

Composition:
Grenache - Camp 4 Vineyard (55%)
Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard (45%)

Production: 62 cases
Alcohol by volume: 13.8%
pH: 3.30
Titratable acidity: 0.64 g/100ml
Cellaring potential: Six to twelve months
Bottle price: $18

We always look forward to releasing our Pink Wine, named after our granddaughter, June, in the month of June. It's just in time for the summer season, which this wine is so well suited for.

The Grenache grapes came from Camp 4 Vineyard located north of Santa Ynez and the Syrah grapes came from Clover Creek Vineyard located to the south-west of Santa Ynez. Harvest took place on October 27th and October 4th, respectively. To obtain the rosé color, the crushed grapes for both lots were allowed to soak with the skins. The Syrah soaked for 18 hours and the Grenache for 48 hours. The wines were fermented and aged separately and blended a few weeks before bottling.

This vintage has a beautiful scarlet pink/ruby color, darker than past bottlings of this wine. This is due to the longer time soaking with the skins prior to pressing off the juice. The wine has aromas of watermelon and flower blossoms. On the palate the wine has a juicy rich texture with flavors of melons and strawberries. The acidity is well balanced, giving the wine a long, satisfying finish.

Serve this wine moderately chilled and enjoy with shrimp scampi, prosciutto wrapped cantaloupe, and any other types of appetizers for summer barbecues.

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