2017 Scarlet Hexflame Rose
Stainless fermented and aged with no malolactic fermentation allowed.
Vintage 2017 was long in the Columbia Valley. Success of our Washington state vintage was due to our desert’s cool nights during ripening in August. A long history with this old vineyard afforded us a predictable harvest of flavorful early fruit. Harvested in August and early September, mainly Cabernet Franc and Malbec, the fruit was full of flavor early with balanced acidity. We protected the fruit from sun burn with a full canopy of leaves. Overall intensity and depth of flavor are the hallmarks of this outstanding vintage.
Our rosé was made intentionally from our finest blocks of fruit. Harvested early for low alcohol and higher acids, the Malbec and Cabernet Franc dominate the flavors. Whole cluster pressed slowly and gently for creamy texture and low color we fermented cold at 55°F as whole juices in stainless steel. We made a bright lightcolored Languedoc-styled dry rosé. We bottled young for freshness.