The Angels & Cowboys Sonoma County rosé is crafted using traditional techniques borrowed from the great winemaking domains of Provence in the south of France. This vin gris style employs very limited contact between the juice of the grapes and their skins. In keeping with this delicate style, the grapes are harvested berry flavours are fresh and light and acidity is bright and clear.
Fruit is harvested in the cool early morning hours, then loaded directly into the press as whole clusters. After pressing, juice is transferred to stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Following fermentation, the wine rests “sur lie” for several weeks. This imparts a soft, somewhat creamy texture to the wine that adds depth and balances the vibrant acidity.
The nose opens with ripe mango and citrus zest aromatics, leading to white peach, nectarine, fresh raspberry, and lavendar on the palate. Delicate, with a subtle creaminess. South of France by way of Sonoma County.
The 2019 vintage has yet to be reviewed, but the 2018 received the following:
“Wine of the Week: A light-colour and light-bodied Californian rosé produced with mostly Grenache wine grape. Perfect pairing to spicy finger food and grilled shellfish dishes. Aromas of cotton candy on the nose, dry with ripe stone fruit, pink grapefruit and lime zest flavours on the palate.”
90 points, Natalie MacLean, April 2019