2016 'Kitten With a Whip' Rose

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'Kitten with a Whip' Rose of Syrah - Hillview Vineyard.  Hand Picked, Hand Sorted.  Three hours of skin contact after crush, then fermented in stainless steel for 6 months.  Bottled Unfined.  80 cases made.  Dry and Serious Rose - with a strawberry nose and flavors of cranberry, cassis, and pepper.

Full description

'Kitten With a Whip' comes from a 40 year vineyard to the north of Petaluma: the Hillview Vineyard.  We harvest syrah grapes purely to use for Rose production: picking a little early for nominal acidity.  After harvest the fruit was crushed and left on the skins for 3 hours to leech flavor and color before being pressed and fermented/aged in stainless steel for 6 months.  We did a light filtration before bottling.  The kitten is a serious rose: bone dry with dark fruit flavors and a peppery finish.  This brooding quality is why we have always preferred syrah for our rose.  There is a vibrant nose of strawberries, but the flavors are all dried cranberries, cassis, and cracked pepper.  This wine is perfect for summer sipping, and goes great with charcuterie and spicier dishes.  The '16 vintage was a perfect, cool growing season, giving us austere wines of finessed balance, but effects of the long drought were still evident and yields were still very down.  We were only able to harvest .5 tons per acre on this property, and only 80 cases of this awesome wine were made.


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