The 2016 Indie rosé is like a tempest in a teacup. It romantically leaps out of its glass to greet its taster with a flurry of peaches, nectarines, blood oranges, and rose hips. The wine enters the mouth softly and sweetly, like the first bite of a freshly picked strawberry, then persists on the tongue with a bright, refreshing acidity that subtly hints of tamarind and passion fruit. Indie then gently trails into a pleasing finish that stays with the taster like an opening act that blows away the headliner! 852 cases produced.
The winter of 2015 -- 2016 provided a small respite from the Califoria drought right at bud break; five and a half inches of rain gave the vines a big drink at the start of the season.
A sharp frost occurred at the end of March, which resulted in uneven development in shoots. Vineyard managers made special passes to unify fruit maturity on the weak and strong shoots. April’s cool nights and warm days slowed the overall early trend of the season. Veraison started the last week of July and the fruit transitioned quickly and evenly.
The big event of the season occurred in the middle of August - the Chimney Fire to the North of Paso Robles. There were periods of smoke lingering in vineyard regions, but, fortuitously, onshore winds blew the haze out of the area.
Harvest began on Labor Day with whites and pinks. The reds were not far behind. All of the vessels at the winery were quickly filled to maximum capacity. The fruit was very ripe and generous with big flavors and plenty of color, body and tannin. Fruit was easily extracted and fermentation was quick compared to prior years.
Fermented slow and cool in stainless steel fermenters for 17- 31 days prior to racking and blending.
Elevaged in 100% stainless steel from ferment in September/October until bottling in December.