Our Casteñada wines are delicious, field-blended Rhône varietals made to honor the long history of winemaking and growing in Sonoma Valley. Described as a party in a bottle, these wines are full of energy and life while harkening back to another era.
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This wine is symbolic of all things spring, and we can’t imagine a better way to kick off this fun and flirty season. A sip of this rosé provides inspiration for barbeques, pool parties, and long, warm evenings spent with friends. Our rosé is a saignée off our beloved Casteñada Red Rhône varieties; we allow quick skin contact to soak up a hint of color to achieve this perfectly vibrant pink.
In 2022, we saw a continuation of the drought in CA, with warm weather, early bloom, and long, slow flowering. Some of our vineyard blocks that flowered during the cold stretch did not set as much fruit as typical, so, we saw lower yields for the year. While this isn’t ideal from a quantity standpoint, quality was great, and things began moving along quickly. We started harvest in mid-August, a week or two earlier than “normal,” and as we approached Labor Day, we saw a heat wave on the horizon. We were in a good spot and could bring in much of our fruit before the heat. The grapes we let hang through the heat were still a ways away from being ready to harvest. In recent years we have been leaving more leaves on the vines to help shade and keep the fruit on the vines from being scorched by the sun. This decision helped us this year in particular. After the heat, temperatures cooled in the region and we were able to bring in the rest of our fruit in the weeks following. All in all, we are very happy with the quality of this vintage and thankful for our team rallying during this intense time of year.
Our 2022 vintage is as bright as ever, with notes of fresh citrus blossom, strawberry purée, and magnolia flower, underscored by hints of kiwi and pink lemonade.