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David Girard Vineyards

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Grayson Hartley
 
May 30, 2016 | Grayson Hartley

The Bloom is on the Rose

The 2015 Rosé is in the bottle. We made it in the traditional French style which means that the grapes were lightly crushed. We then removed the skins, pips and stems at just the right time to give it a color that says spring and summer to us. The result is that it has the complexity of a red wine but is served chilled to bring out its light and refreshing qualities. It’s a wonderfully crisp wine with lots of flavors which you'll find are competing for your taste buds.   It is 64 % Mourvedre,  20 % Counoise, and 16 % Grenache. We only made 190 cases.

Rosé  pairs well with appetizers like salads, olives, melon,  and spreads such as hummus. It also is great with pizza, Mexican food, and grilled foods (sausages, burgers, fish, and shrimp). If you're making a turkey sandwich, a glass of Rosé should be close at hand as well.  At under 13% alcohol you could even enjoy a glass or two with lunch.

At such limited quantities if you are a Rosé fan - I mean an honest legitimate classic Rosé fan; not a blush wine by any means - you may want to shop early.

The other two wines included in your shipment include:

The 2012 Coda Rouge is a wine of depth, character, and complexity. Expect the cherry, tobacco, mint and cedary-spice notes to keep evolving in this beauty for quite a few years to come.

The 2012 Grenache is framed by fine-grained, almost sweet tannin, making for a fleshier wine overall.  With a dense mid-palate full of red fruit, dried herbs, and a hint of minerality, it’s also extremely gulpable…. Heck, 2012 was such a perfect year, it’s no surprise that this wine fires on all cylinders!
                                                RUN FOR COVER
A couple  of years ago we started planting a special blend cover crop. You may have seen the seed drill busily wrrrring away between the rows the last two falls. Planting a cover crop is both old school and new school. The basic premise hasn't changed, however. Many, including us, believe it is the best means by which to return nutrients to the soil. As we watched the vines go from bud break to flower and leaf this year, it has been obvious that the program is paying dividends. The vine vigor is noticeable even at this early stage. We have always been proud of our vineyard, but this year looks particularly promising. Good vines. Good wine.

 See you at harvest,

Grayson

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