2013 ROSÉ, SONOMA COUNTY
Along with the Unknown, the Ma Fille Rosé is the longest tenured wine of my lineup. As I often mention, it is my favorite wine to make and share. Over the years, the Ma Fille has taken on many different compositions. In the early vintages, it was one hundred percent Syrah. The last two years have seen bits of Grenache Noir blended with the Syrah. This year, Pinot Noir brightens the primarily Syrah blend. Even with all these changes, the Ma Fille’s spirit remains focused on freshness and balance. The 2013 Ma Fille Rosé is composed primarily from the saignée of Syrah (ninety percent) with a touch of Pinot Noir (ten percent). Thirty percent of the fermentation was in neutral oak barrels and seventy percent in stainless steel barrels. The oak barrels provide definition while the stainless steel barrels harness brightness and focus. 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, the Ma Fille is a neon pink color. The aromatics flow with scents of rainier cherries, passion fruit, and watermelon. The acidity is crisp and bright. The wine is energetic and finishes with accents of grapefruit, pomegranate, strawberry and star anise.