100% Grenache- Martian Ranch Vineyard, Alisos Canyon
2020 was started out as a normal cool coastal grape growing season here on the Central Coast with morning fog and afternoon sunshine. In mid-August we had about a ten day spell of heat, followed by a heat wave during Labor Day Weekend. This ripened everything up pretty quickly and close together as well. Grenache, normally one of the last grapes to be harvested, ripened early because the yields in Martian Vineyard were extremely small. The quality was outstanding.
Martian Vineyard is located in the Alisos Canyon AVA in Santa Barbara County, which is a newly recognized viticultural region. Martian Ranch has it’s own unique microclimate, typically 10 degrees cooler than the Santa Ynez Valley and 10 degrees warmer than Santa Maria Valley with warm days and very cold night that allows the fruit from this vineyard to achieve incredible concentration and balance. The soil, called “moon dust” is well aerated and mainly composed of shaley clay loam. The vineyard is Demeter Certified Biodynamic.
The biodynamic Grenache grapes were picked early for this Rosé and whole-cluster pressed. The wine was fermented in a stainless steel tank and went through malolactic fermentation, which added a nice depth and texture to the wine. The wine was aged in neutral barrels for five months prior to bottling.
This fragrant Rosé has a pretty pale rosy-pink color. The aromas exhibit crushed berries and lemon blossoms. Flavors of strawberries and watermelon are layered with pretty herbal notes, a supple mouth-feel and a lively, bright finish.