2022 Estate Graciano Rose
Ibarra-Young Vineyard, Los Olivos District AVA
This wine comes from a small block at Ibarra-Young planted in the late 90’s. This block has been farmed organically since inception, and what's growing on the understory throughout the year is proof. This block is covered in native purple lupine in the springtime, and transitions to the later blooming native Spanish lotus in the early summer. The floor is consistently covered in dainty pink and purple flowers for the majority of the growing season. We don’t sow these seeds, they are native to the Santa Ynez watershed and are what have been growing on this land since the Chumash inhabited the area. The lupine and native lotus have made a striking comeback since the vineyard’s no till transition in Spring of 2019.
Of all the grapes we tend at Ibarra-Young, Graciano tends to have the most acidity, thus it was destined to become rosé. This block was picked on a cold morning with the help of some friends with big smiles.
These grapes were brought into the cellar around 20.5B and were foot stomped to macerate on their skins. After about 10 hours of skin maceration, the grapes were pressed in the basket press and pressed lightly. The juice settled for one night and was racked partly to neutral French oak and partly to stainless steel drums for fermentation with its native yeast. The rosé rested on its fermentation lees throughout elevage in stainless steel drums and was bottled unfined and unfiltered in March of 2023.
Bright, red, fresh, juicy. Not your provincial style rose! She is textured, herbal, and layered in all the best ways. Think buckets of raspberries freshly picked at the dawn of a hot day. Everything a rose should be with a little kiss of color courtesy of Graciano’s thick skins. Enjoy chilled just about anywhere at any time!
Art: The purple lupine on the front is painted by my thoughtful mother, Eileen Anderson. These lupine are native to the field where this block was planted and have been here since the Chumash inhabited the land. They are native nitrogen fixers and food for pollinators making them a really important species at Ibarra-Young. The little lamb on the back was born in the Graciano in spring of 2020. I named her Charlotte after the woman who first tended this land, Charlotte Young.
Ingredients: beyond-organic grapes, minimal sulfites
24 cases produced
Translation: soulful, lively soul, living soul
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We lease and farm the Ibarra-Young Vineyard in Los Olivos District A.V.A.
This vineyard was planted by Charlotte Young in 1971 and is still owned by her three daughters. Charlotte's right-hand man, Miguel Ibarra, Helped her plant the vineyard in 1971 and continued to work on the vineyard for more than 40 years. Today, we celebrate this duo by designating these 10 acres as the Ibarra-Young Vineyard.
Ibarra-Young Vineyard was one of the first vineyards planted in the Santa Ynez Valley and has so much soul you can feel it. The first 3 acres were planted in 1971 and 3 more acres were planted in 1973. In the late 90's and early 2000's Bob Lindquist completed Ibarra-Young's planted acreage with the "young" vines in the rockier section of the vineyard.
The vineyard is planted to Syrah and Mourvèdre planted in 1971, Marsanne planted in 1973, as well as suitcase clone Tempranillo and Graciano planted in the late 90's. Everything on the property is own-rooted and has been farmed organically since 1993. We began leasing and farming this special place at the beginning of 2020 and employ regenerative organic and biodynamic practices.
Our goal is to rebuild an ecosystem of native species that live alongside our vine rows, regenerate soil health, and grow the highest quality grapes this site can give. We believe the best wine grapes are grown with minimal inputs and conscious vineyard management. We reject a systematic schedule for viticulture and farming in general. We believe that by working in conjunction with nature we can increase biodiversity and soil health, minimize unnecessary sprays, minimize tractor passes and compaction, decrease water use, and reduce our carbon footprint.
We look forward to taking you along on this journey of unconventional viticulture with us. We hope to convince you that with a lot of passion and hard work, world-class wines are made with minimal intervention in a vineyard that grows alongside a healthy living ecosystem.