The Negroamaro Rosato is one of my favorite wines. With its racing acidity, concentration, and ample body, I believe it will show balance and beauty at any point in its lifetime. Drink now if you’d like to experience more of its fruit, or age as you please to continue to accentuate its body. This wine has an autumnal thread running through it. Drinking it any time of year, I am transported to a rocky Mediterranean coast, where fall is still warm. I can smell sea air, ripe prickly pears, and herbs drying in the golden September sun.
Our very own Bricarelli Ranch Negroamaro fruit has such incredible concentration; we age this wine not according to its category (rosé, which would not usually have long elevage), but by what the fruit in this unique parcel dictates. Also very unique for rosé: we barrel ferment and age this wine on lees, after a good foot treading and an overnight maceration on the stems and skins. This wine is always textured, but this year we moved to a non vintage blend to accentuate these layers even more: NV no 1 is 80% 2019, which brings in rich aged notes, and 20% 2020, which uplifts the blend with a little more fruit character.
This non-vintage edition of our Negroamaro Rosato contrasts the savory characteristic from a extended, neutral French oak barrel aging program (2 ½ years) with the freshness and bright concentration found in grapes from 2020. The majority of the blend results from 2019’s Negroamaro harvest at Bricarelli Ranch, a wine made using our traditional, Italian-inspired “Vino di una notte” rosato technique: gently food-treading the grapes and resting the juice on skins overnight before pressing the slightly extracted juice the following morning. In 2020 the concentration of the fruit was unmistakable: spicy, sweet, and very concentrated — no foot-treating required! The juice was fermented in neutral French oak barrels and throughout the 10-month elevage we found the fruit-forward characteristics carried through.
Vineyard: Bricarelli Ranch (formerly Benson Ranch), Mendocino County; 15-year-old vines; dry farmed (no irrigation), farmed and leased by us; farmed using only organic products; no use of pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers; gravelly loam soils.
Tasting Notes: This cotton candy colored stunner has ample body and racing acidity. It welcomes you with an unmistakable and unique nose full of agave, clay, blanched almond, and slightly toasty aromas. The palate shows a light and warm mix of guava and prickly pear.
Made in the tradition of an aged rosé from southern Italy, this barrel aged wine offers something extra special in a sea of fruity, quick-to-market rosés. Cultivating a winemaking culture of patience looks different every harvest but our Negroamaro Rosato illustrates the patience in crafting balanced, age-worthy wines.
Production: 107 cases
At Bottling: 12.5% alcohol. Unfined. Unfiltered. At bottling (August 2021): free SO2 <2 mg/L, total SO2 19 mg/L; <0.1 g/L residual sugar.