Summer is almost here and so is our favorite wine! Loaded with floral notes in the aromatics, black cherry fruit is layered with pomegranate and minerals. Vibrant strawberry rhubarb flavors are highlighted with black cherry and rose petals. The minerality shines through the sour cherry and cream soda finish. This is a wine that enjoys a party and will infinitely pair to many dishes like our favorite here at the winery, carne asada tacos with warm salsa verde.
Our Rosé program has grown from our love of Pinot Noir. Grown entirely in the Oak Knoll District, we find this provides the cherry fruit character we crave in our pink wine. In 2018, our estate Pinot Noir was picked twice. The first grapes went direct to press, settling for 48 hours before being blended with 15% saignée bled from our still wine Pinot Noir after about 18 hours skin contact. The Rosé must was inoculated with special yeast and sent to neutral barrels for fermentation in our chilly Chardonnay cellar. Sur-lie aging provides textural complexity as we lees stir our barrels during the aging process.
The 2018 vintage celebrated a normal weather pattern and followed the adage that March enters like a lion but leaves like a lamb. The real story is that this vintage was preordained. These grape vines set their crop based upon the conditions from the 2016 spring, much in the same way of fruit trees. That year celebrated record rainfall to wash away the drought here in California. Our vines were able to store away nutrients to produce heavy yields in all varietals. Special care was needed in the vineyard to fine tune crop loads, in order to maintain intensity in the fruit harvested here at Markham Vineyards. Verasion was almost three weeks behind normal and was followed by a cool summer, but fall heat ushered in our harvest after a brief bit of rain at the start. Overall, the fruit quality was spectacular and we made truly special wines.