2021 Lytton Estate Rosé

2021 Lytton Estate Rosé

Wine Information

41% Grenache, 34% Zinfandel, 19% Black Malvoisie, 6% Carignane

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Vintage

2021

Vineyard

Lytton Springs

Appellation

Dry Creek Valley

Alcohol By Volume

13.2%

Winemaker Tasting Notes

Pale coral in color with aromas of fresh melon and orange blossom. Bright on the palate with a slight minerality and a hint of dried apricot. The finish is clean and refreshing. MB (3/22)

Vintage Notes

This year’s rosé comes from four vineyard blocks at Lytton West and was blended to create a wine light in body with subtle fruit and refreshing acidity. It will be most enjoyable this summer. JO (12/21)

History

Our first Lytton Estate Rosé was 2016. Each year, since then, we make a rosé culled from the range of rhône varieties and zinfandel planted throughout our Lytton Springs vineyard. Extemporaneously produced by taste, the makeup of the wine changes vintage-to-vintage. As such, each spring upon release, it offers a unique opportunity to experience an old vineyard from a fresh angle.

Growing Season

Rainfall: 21 inches (below normal)
Bloom: Late May
Weather: 2021 was one of driest years on record, with no spring rains to help out the vines. As a result, our harvest was quite early, and yields were down by 25-40%. Luckily, weather at harvest was typical of Dry Creek Valley, with hot days and cool nights.

Winemaking

Harvest Dates: 4 – 21 September
Grapes: Average Brix 22.3˚
TA: 7.50 g/L
pH: 3.24
Fermentation: 100% direct-to-press whole cluster; natural primary and secondary
Aging: 100% Stainless Steel

Hand-harvested, sustainably grown, estate grapes; whole-cluster pressed; fermented on the native yeasts, followed by a full malolactic on the naturally occurring malolactic bacteria; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (35 ppm at crush and 31 ppm over the course of aging); pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.