2023 Lytton Estate Rosé

2023 Lytton Estate Rosé

Wine Information

36% Grenache, 26% Zinfandel, 15% Mataro, 14% Cinsaut, 9% Counoise
Organically Grown

91 Points – Jim Gordon, JamesSuckling.com




Lytton Springs


Dry Creek Valley

Alcohol By Volume


Winemaker Tasting Notes

Light, elegant expression of rosé with a nose of peach and rose petal. Balanced mouthfeel with pleasant acidity and notes of strawberry, watermelon and mint. SR (12/23)

Vintage Notes

A cold winter and spring brought twice our normal rainfall, which delayed the growing season by four weeks. The grapes were picked in seven distinct lots and pressed separately. Cinsaut was ready first on September 11th and the last, grenache, on October 20th. Bright acidity and deeply flavored fruit characterize the elegant expression of this refreshing rosé. SR (11/23)


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: 55 inches (above average)
Bloom: Mid June
Weather: A cold winter and spring brought twice our normal rainfall, which delayed the growing season by four weeks. Fortunately, good weather held while we harvested equally late.


Harvest Dates: 11 September – 20 October
Grapes: Average Brix 21.8˚
TA: 7.2 g/L
pH: 3.36
Fermentation: 100% direct-to-press whole-cluster; primary and secondary in stainless steel.
Aging: 100% Stainless Steel

Hand-harvested, organically grown, estate grapes; whole-cluster pressed; fermented in stainless steel, followed by a partial malolactic on the naturally occurring malolactic bacteria; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (13.4 mg/L total); pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.


JamesSuckling.com: 91 Points “This blend of grenache, zinfandel, mataro, cinsault and counoise from the winery’s estate vineyard offers just-ripe, plummy and peachy flavors with a hint of savory tea. It’s dry and light-bodied, but broad in mouthfeel, nicely firmed up by acidity and a hint of tannin. The oldest vines in this were planted in 1901. Drink now.” -Jim Gordon (May 2024)

Consumer Tasting Notes

Average Rating: 88.3

No. of Tasting Notes: 7

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