Rootdown Rosé of Trousseau St. Amant Vineyard 2021
Organic. 100% Trousseau. Sourced from organically farmed St. Amant Vineyard in Amador County. Soil- The Honcut series consists of very deep, well drained soils that formed in moderately coarse textured alluvium from basic igneous and granitic rocks. Foot-tread, cold-soaked for 24 hours, pressed, and settled. Spontaneous fermentation starts in steel and then goes to neutral oak to finish. Bottled with very low SO2 (<10 ppm free SO2) and no other additions.
2021…another low vigor year. I harvested this Rosé on August 26th which is average for this block just at the base of the Sierra Foothills in Amador County. Chemistry on this pick was pretty spot on so all we had to do was foot tread each picking bin until its soupy and let sit, on skin and stems overnight. Once pressed off and settled in tank, the fermentation and aging happen in neutral oak barrels. Once the wine is dry, I rack it to tank as early as possible to retain the freshness of Rosé and inhibit any oxidation. This wine saw 10ppm of So2 at bottling only.