2012 ROSÉ, SONOMA COUNTY
A stalwart of my line-up, the Ma Fille Rosé always brings a smile to my face. Its scents and freshness remind me of warmer weather in the midst of the winter doldrums. It’s also a darn fun wine to drink!
The 2012 Ma Fille Rosé is composed primarily from the saignée of Syrah (ninety percent) with a touch of Grenache (ten percent). Fifty percent of the fermentation was in neutral oak barrels and the balance in stainless steel barrels. The oak barrels provide texture and depth while the stainless steel barrels capture freshness and linearity. Together, I feel they create a sensuous blend.
The Ma Fille Rosé was taken off its primary lees at dryness and sulfured early to block malolactic fermentation. It was bottled after three months in barrel and light filtration. 175 cases produced.
In the glass, it flashes a fluorescent pink color with light salmon accents. The aromatics evoke scents of cherry pits, light strawberry, fresh watermelon and saltwater taffy. The acidity is sharp and focused. The wine lightly dances on your palate before finishing with hints of raspberry, pomegranate, and orange zest.