Ambrosé: a rosé fait exprès
Born of a friendship between native sons of the Napa Valley, Jake Krausz and Vincent Traverso, it grew from their conversation about the many California rosés made as a by-product of red wine, and the relative lack of rosés made from grapes grown, harvested, and crafted to be a purpose built rosé... or rosé fait exprès.
Our grapes are farmed and harvested specifically to be made into rosé, with the Syrah coming from a single vineyard in Bennett Valley, just north of Sonoma, and the Mourvèdre coming from Brentwood, just south of Napa near Mount Diablo. At full phenolic ripeness, the grapes are picked at sunrise and brought straight to the winery on Howell Mountain, where they are hand-sorted and dropped gently into a bladder press.
With a light touch to control for color extraction, the juice flows freely down into the cave for a low and slow fermentation, which preserves its natural acidity and draws out its full flavor. Our Syrah (90%) ferments in stainless steel and our Mourvèdre (10%) ferments in neutral French oak barrel. The finished wines are blended post-fermentation and aged sur lie in a combination of stainless steel and neutral French oak. Born in 2015, this inaugural vintage of Ambrosé was bottled and released in spring 2016.
Blend: Syrah and Mourvèdre
Aging: 6 months, combination of neutral French oak and stainless steel