After making my misc. stuff GSM, I decided I wanted to finally make a vineyard-designate blend. The Rossi Ranch GSM showcases the amazing terroir of this heritage vineyard and allowed me to work with each of these varietals separately and then together to create the perfect blend for aging.
Black cherry in color with aromatics of wild raspberry, strawberries, cola/Dr. Pepper, and black licorice with savory notes and smoked game notes. Loaded with black and red raspberries, plus sweet strawberries, and red and black licorice. A pure pinpoint intense savory aspect that flows through out the wine, with just a touch of white and green peppercorn notes. The palate is very giving, from the lush front palate to the luxurious midpalate to an everlasting finish. My passion for wines of the southern Rhône continually drives me to find the best vineyards from which to create an epic GSM; one not of sheer power, but one of intensity and elegance.
Blend: 100% Organic - 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre
My passion runs deep for wines of the Southern Rhone, especially Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vacqueyras, and Gigondas. So, my continual journey and experimentation of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre is not only fascinating, but gives me chance to understand how to not only find the right vineyards, but picking profiles, fermentation techniques, and aging vessels to use. Then to compare my wine with those of my favorite producers in the Southern Rhône.
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Vineyard: Rossi Ranch, organic, vines re-planted 2012
Originally planted by legendary vintner, Carlo Rossi in 1910, Rossi Ranch is steeped in Sonoma Valley history. In 2012, my friend Phil resurrected its old vines and today, together we make magic!
Vinification: 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre; 289 cases produced.
The fruit is hand-picked then cold-soaked. I gently foot-stomp the fruit of which 60% is whole cluster, the rest is whole berry and de-stemmed. None is crushed. The wine goes through open-top, then 100% Malolactic fermentation and aged 18 months in a 600-gallon concrete Foudre. In the Cohn Zone: drink now - 2028.
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