Charles & Charles Rosé 2016
The color is a pale salmon, copper pink with flashes of fuschia. The aromatics lead with notes of wild raspberry and cherry, giving in to bright citrus, Herbs de Provence and lavender. There’s a strong note of rose petal as well. All this carries through on a light and dynamic palate with a tangy bright finish. Syrah (60%), Grenache (17%), Mourvedre (10%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%), Cinsault (2%), Counoise (1%).
We have an amazing group of growers with exceptionally tended to vineyards that spread all across the Columbia Valley, from the sandy basins to the higher elevation slopes with ancient soils. Our fruit comes from 16 different vineyards, with the largest percentage at 14% from Upland in the Yakima Valley. We are very thankful and appreciative for every bit of it. The qualities we look for to make exciting rosé are quite distinct and thus there is not one vineyard whose fruit overlaps with our red wine programs.
2016 was on course to be quite like the 2015 which was early and record-breaking warm. However, in late August, there was a shift, temperatures dropped, and never warmed back up. For our rosé grapes, we aim to pick on the early edge of ripeness, to maintain fresh savory flavors and to avoid overripe heavy notes, though not too early thus loosing flavor. We were deep in to it by early September and went strong through early October.