2013 Estate Rose
For the STW veterans (staff and club members alike!), this is one of the single greatest bottle of wine ever produced at STW. At the most basic level, dry rosés are revered as they bridge the dichotomy of red versus white wine. They bear a slight resemblance to their much loved red wines (in their color and red fruit flavors), but with their dry, crisp mouthfeel, dry rosés provide much needed refreshment. Further, given their similarities to both red and white wines, roséshave incredible food versatility. They have a lightness and freshness that is perfect for lighter fare (e.g., salads, charcuteries, fish, etc.), but they often have slightly higher tannins, body, and fruit, which allows them to stand up to more substantial dishes (e.g., grilled foods, pizza, etc.). This wine truly epitimizes this style. However, and perhaps more importantly, this is the very first rose ever produced from our vines, and it literally came from ten rows of vines (five rows of Merlot and five of Cabernet Franc). Fermented and aged in older French oak, this wine is not simply an exceptional rose, it is simply a world class wine. And just like the very best white wines, the complexity and structure of this wine has allowed it to continusouly evolve during its life in bottle.