Andrew Murray Vineyards "Espérance Rosé" - Curtis Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley 2019
The Estate, the Curtis Vineyard, is planted to about 50 acres of a great selection of Rhone varieties, including a variety that is particulary well suited to Rosé production, Cinsault.
It makes up many of the delicious, light, and dry Rosé bottlings that remind folks of sunny breezy days spent in the south of France (even if you have never been there). We are crazy proud of this new release. It is nearly 100% Cinsault.
The grapes were all harvested at peak Rosé maturity (early, with a lower sugar and brighter acidity), in the middle of the night, and then quickly and gently pressed off their skins. Fermentation was encouraged to start asap, in 100% stainless steel. We aged the wine in the same tank, on lees, choosing to only pump it once, as it was transferred to bottle. The resulting wine is wonderfully light, yet complex, and full of personality. Yes, there are plenty of fruity notes, but this is definitely not a kool-aid Rosé of yesteryear from California. Rather, it is very much in the moment. Dry, light, very refreshing.
"Espérance" translates into "Hope" from French to English. With this wine, we "hope" to not only recreate the great Rosé of Southern France, but we further "hope" to craft a wine that will inspire your senses the way we were inspired over two decades ago."
Varieties: 90% Cinsault, 6% Grenache, 4% Syrah
100% Estate Grown, Curtis Estate Vineyard. Uplifted mesa, sandy, well-drained soils.