Limited Additions - Grenache Rose 2019
Tasting Notes: cranberry spice, fresh raspberry, and vacuum pressed watermelon.
Possibly the most ambitious grape variety that we are working with in the Willamette Valley. Depending on the vintage it will make anything from delicious rose to a light or medium bodied red. Due to its large cluster morphology this variety supports sustainable economic rose production for our region's farmers. In vintages where we predict full maturity, we will dedicate a portion of this fruit to red wine production to explore the possibilities of Grenache in the Willamette Valley. We’re not certain of the flavor spectrum or style this will give us from year to year what we do know is that it will look like Grenache from nowhere else.
This is the first vintage of the Gigondas clone of Grenache from the Eola Springs Vineyard, its ancient marine sedimentary and clay soils and west facing exposition that stares down the throat of the Van Duzer Corridor winds seem a natural fit to this Rhone variety.
We harvested the fruit at just above 19 brix on the 14th of October before the Pacific ocean rain systems ended the 2019 vintage in the Willamette Valley. The spice and aromatics of the fruit we thought would make a delicious rose and we fermented it whole cluster for 6 days before pressing and letting the fermentation finish in barrel, the intensity of the cool climate fruit would have made a nice light red, but there’s always next year…
About the Winemaker:
Are handcrafted by Chad & Bree Stock of Constant Crush. This project showcases Oregon’s unique and ever-changing grape diversity, while allowing Chad and Bree to explore their penchant for low-intervention winemaking.