Over a conversation filled with lots of wine, I mentioned that we got our 08 Isabel's Cuvee Grenache Gris Rose right. Our companion asked what that meant which caused me to pause and think about it. It means a few things:
- We picked at the right moment for our desired outcome - ripe but not to ripe.
- We managed the light smoke taint - taking the wine of the gross lees before barreling down.
- We knew how to provide the right environment for the wine to develop in without intervention. Barrels kept at around 70 degrees. Lees stirred only a few times.
- The wine, the yeast and the bacteria did their part in barrel.
I think the result are spectacular. It always amazes me how grapes and a little SO2 can make such a wonderful product.