George William Crane, known best by his nickname "Shorty", was a "public-spirited" fixture in the Livermore Valley. Always the entrepreneur, Shorty favored the new and nouveau, selling the first ever automobile and motorcycle in the valley. Inspired by that spirit to pursue the unique we turned our gaze to a small region in the Rhone known as Rasteau which produces both dry and fortified wines, including fortified Grenache Rose. That’s right – Rose Dessert Wine. We arrested fermentation on a single barrel from Marina Ranch with just the right balance of sweetness, fruit and lively acidity. A unique wine, surely worthy of Shorty's immense spirit!
For two guys that make primarily full bodied reds, there is nothing that gets Alex and I more excited than this sweet, boozy rosé! We pride ourselves in our wines but are always looking for new and creative things to try and to make. This 2015 rose dessert wine is definitely unique and different and was a joy to make and to learn about. We arrested fermentation on a small portion of Grenache Rosé and aged without topping for 2 years in a single puncheon. The result, a mouth-filling beauty, with the classic nutty caramelized texture and aromatics of aged tawny. With the vibrant acidity and tropical fruit background of Marina Ranch Grenache Rosé, it seems all is right in the world with a single sip. A classic wine to pair with dessers but we are partial to pairing this wine with a rich, creamy bleu cheese to unlock the dimension of flavors throughout this wine.
Hand harvested and delivered to the winery the morning of October 15, 2015. Whole-cluster press & saigneed juice was fermented under glycol at low temperatures and arrested with high grade brandy in barrel at 11 brix. Cellared in neutral French oak for 18months until bottling.