2014 ROSÉ, SONOMA COUNTY
I have one goal when making Rosé: brightness. Rosé, in my opinion, is a convivial wine and needs to evoke a sense of freshness. It is a wine to be shared with friends and the 2014 Ma Fille is just that wine.
During the last few years, I have dabbled with different compositions of the Ma Fille. All the while, the core of my Rosé has always been Syrah. This year’s rendition is no different. The 2014 Ma Fille Rosé is composed primarily from the saignée of Syrah (ninety percent) with a touch of Grenache (ten percent). Ten percent of the fermentation was in neutral oak barrels and ninety 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. 200 cases produced.
In the glass, the Ma Fille has a vibrant salmon pink color. The fresh aromatics of pink grapefruit, light strawberry, and saltwater taffy spring forth. Bright acidity carries the mid-palate and focuses pomegranate and watermelon accents. The wine is energetic and finishes with hints of rose petals, star anise, and sour cherry.