In the top corner of block 2-H, out in front of the winery, we’ve identified a few rows of early ripening Cabernet Franc with extremely bright, red-fruit flavors. From these grapes, using a gentle Champagne pressing program, we make a few barrels of dry rosé, in the French tradition. We call this elegant pink wine Sylviane in honor of our elegant founder, Madame Sylviane Leducq. Aromas of watermelon, raspberry and cotton candy mingle with orange sorbet and fresh red cherries. On the palate, the wine is crisp and dry with a sparkling acidity, low alcohol and a lingering lemon-berry finish. Not red, not white, but a classic old-world rosé, ready for summertime.
Notes on the Vintage
2017 will go down as one of the hottest growing seasons on record, second only to the great vintages of 2015, and 1997. In the winter we had many major rain events that allowed us to turn the corner on the prolonged drought. The cool wet spring delayed the start of the season by almost two weeks, but by mid-summer the vineyards were full, the fruit was healthy and the heat was on. As the sugars rose, we started picking. The resulting wines are intense, creamy, holding their acidity and showing a firm tannic backbone. All of our fruit was in the house before the fires broke out in October.
100% Cabernet Franc Rosé
September 20, 2017
February 9, 2018