2010 ROSÉ, SONOMA COUNTY
Like previous vintages, the Ma Fille is composed primarily of Syrah with a touch of Grenache; however, for the first time, I sent some of the Syrah directly to the press and fermented the resulting juice. This is in contrast to previous vintages in which my primary methodology was saignée from the Syrah fermentations.
Due to the extremely cool 2010 growing season and lower sugar levels, I decided to use some of the Syrah strictly for Rosé. The result is our lowest alcohol Ma Fille and one with striking acidity. It is the closest Ma Fille to my archetype of Tavel Rosé. As usual, the Ma Fille was fermented in my oldest barrels (most dating from 2001-2003) and left to ferment sans battonage.
This wine is dedicated to my now three-year-old daughter Stella and is always my favorite wine to make each year. It is a perfect drinking wine and one that suits all sorts of summer cuisine. The Ma Fille always brings a smile to my face.
Bright, fresh, and inviting; this is a convivial and enticing wine. Imbued with lower alcohol and glycerin than previous vintages, the 2010 Ma Fille is as refreshing as it is complex. The nose exhibits a mélange of cantaloupe, honeydew melon, tangerine, and grapefruit. There is a slight hint of white pepper that intermingles with bright accents of blood orange, rose water, and star anise infused with tantalizing acidity.