2017 LEDGE MCA Rosé $30
James Berry Vineyard
2017 MCA Rosé
95% Counoise, 5% Rosé
Paso Robles, Willow Creek AVA
92 Pts Vinous 90 Pts Wine Enthusiast
Picked for the purpose of rosé on October 21st 2017, this block is almost entirely Counoise with a few stray Cinsaut clones peppered in. It is in the heart of the James Berry Vineyard on clay loam and limestone soils. The fruit was picked at dawn and immediately transferred to a bladder press where is was whole cluster pressed into a stainless steel fermenter. It was slowly fermented over the course of a few months and sterile filtered prior to bottling.
This is a visually stunning coral colored wine with breathtaking floral aromatics of peach blossom and watermelon that delivers a kindred flavor of stone fruit, sweet melon and honeysuckle. The finish is extraordinarily long with beautifully integrated aspects of fruit, melon, refined acidity and flower nectar.
"Light bright orange-pink. Vibrant, mineral-tinged red berry, citrus fruit and floral scents and an intriguing fennel nuance. Dry, nervy and sharply focused on the palate, offering finely etched strawberry, blood orange and star anise flavors that deepen slowly on the back half. Delivers a compelling blend of power and delicacy and finishes impressively long and taut, leaving a sexy floral note behind."- Josh Raynolds, Vinous