My Taval-inspired sparkling Rosé is our second bottling. This Méthode Champenoise Brut Rosé is 60% Rossi Ranch Grenache, 20% Rockpile Syrah and 20% Rossi Ranch Mourvèdre. While the 2016 vintage rested on lees in bottle for 10 months, with the 2017 we extended it to 23 months. The goal was to bring additional richness, creaminess, and length to the wine, while keeping it fresh and vibrant. No dosage was needed to craft this sparkler.
My inspiration for this wine comes from the Tavel region of the Southern Rhône; Tavel is the Rhône's singular rosé-only appellation. All the wines here are pink, by law, and not only do they have more color but, in my mind, texture, and mine has a sparkling twist! I make Iris Brut Rosé using the Saignée method of bleeding off 30% of the juice during red wine fermentation, results in a beautiful wine that is traditionally made using Méthode Champenoise.
Aromatically this wine is a combination of wild strawberries, stone fruits, flaky croissant, and a hint of Rainier cherries. The palate is light and refreshing with persistent flavors of strawberry, cherry and subtle creaminess that carries the wine to a long finish. It's the perfect choice to celebrate any day or special occasion!
Named in honor of my mom, Iris, the label showcases an original watercolor by her granddaughter, Haley.
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This wine is not yet rated but is delish!