Santa Cruz Mountains
2018 'Rosalee' Rosé of Pinot Noir
It’s bright fruit and floral character make it very enjoyable now, but the gentle structure and pronounced acid bode well for aging for 3-5 years.
The Will's Cabin Estate Vineyard lies some 20 miles south of the winery at elevations reaching over 2300 ft. The north-west facing ridge is heavily fractured Vacqueros sandstone with steep slopes and awesome exposure. A mere 14 miles separates the vineyard and ocean, though it often basks in morning sun as it sits above the morning fog. This is an earlier ripening vineyard that produces wines that are seriously structured with a wild, mountain character that continues to impress us.
2018 “Rosalee”, from the “Will’s Cabin” Pinot Noir vineyard at Gist Ranch. This is perhaps our most “serious” Rosalee yet. Made from the most acid clone (Mariafeld) at the site and left on the skins for about 36 hours, the wine has the acid, phenolic structure and texture to make it a truly interesting wine.