2017 Banshee Rosé
White peach, citrus, and apricot blossom.
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The decision to shift our vineyard sourcing to Mendocino County and expand the palette of varietals we work with for Banshee Rosé proved to be one of our best. The deliciousness and ensuing popularity of the wine last year was phenomenal, the only problem being that we sold out way too soon. For 2017, we set our sights on delivering that same fresh, vibrant rosé style, returning to the same vineyards but bringing in more fruit.
Grenache, including some ancient Grenache Gris, dominates the blend providing complex, red fruit flavors and juicy body. This is reined in by Barbera’s tension with a spine of acidity while Syrah contributes a sense of ballast. The Pinot Noir (from a biodynamic vineyard) blends bright red berries and floral aromatics.
The wine is whole cluster pressed with minimal skin contact. The components were fermented separately at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks. A small portion of the Pinot Noir lots fermeneted and aged in neutral oak barrels.
White peach, citrus, and apricot blossom aromas unfold onto the palate with blood orange, rhubarb and pomegranate flavors. Lively acidity with great tension and verce with a chalky, saline quality.