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Since tasting notes are no stranger to hyperbole, please forgive us for claiming the 2017 Rhinefarm Rosé as our best vintage of this wine yet. More info »
Daring again to make this popular wine even better, the 2017 is a harmonious marriage of dry California rosé and the famous grape of Spain.
The Bundschus are not afraid to do things a bit different, a character epitomized by our Tempranillo both in its origins on Rhinefarm and in their daring years ago to start making a rosé out of this traditionally earthy and spicy red wine grape. Daring again to make this popular wine even better, the 2017 is a harmonious marriage of dry California rosé and the famous grape of Spain. Vibrant in color, aromas, and flavors, the candied raspberry, fresh orange peel, and a hint of tobacco leaf nose lifts from the glass, leading to a silky palate rich with guava, lime zest, and strawberries. Lighter than in vintages past, this still pairs great with a backyard barbecue, cheese and charcuterie, or an adirondack chair.
The Bundschu family's 150+ year-old vineyard is located on the southwestern slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, just eight miles north of San Pablo Bay. The terrain below 150 foot elevation features gently sloping Huichica clay loam soils with gravel deposits and cooler growing conditions that deliver minerality and focused acidity. Nestled next to our Pinot Noir and Chardon-nay vines is a 5-acre plot of Tempranillo with a storied history. The vineyard is planted to two different clones â a UC Davis 2 clone and the other one, the Mauro clone, traveled back with Jim and Nancy Bundschu in a suitcase from Spain's Rioja region. Yep, our very own "suitcase clone," and it definitely makes this wine unique. Yields 4 tons per acre.
Hand-harvested in cool morning
Destemmed, and gravity fed directly to tank
Must left on skins for 24 hours