Bates Ranch Rosé 2019
Perched high atop the southeast corner of the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA at elevations up to 1000 feet, the steep slopes and shallow gravelly soils of Bates Ranch have yielded stunning wines of great completixy for over four decades. The old-vine grenache vineyard sits on a mid-mountain dome and the south-facing cabernet vineyard includes an upper block planted in 1974 on St. George rootstock with majestic tree-like stature.
Alpine strawberry, peach blossom, and garrigue define the nose of this pale-salmon rosé. The nose is exuberant with the characteristic fireworks of Grenache, accented by dried herbs and wet stones. On the palate the wine is dry, balancing crisp, mouthwatering structure with luxurious weight and texture.
"The 2019 Rosé of Grenache Bates Ranch is a pretty, lifted wine. Cranberry, white pepper, mint are all finely knit in a mid-weight, airy Rose to drink now and over the next few years."
- Antonio Galloni