We’re going to start posting weekly educational posts about how our wines are made, any interesting characteristics and which foods you should drink this feature wine with.
There’s two ways to make a rose. A true rose is made using strictly red grapes that are crushed and pressed immediately, limiting the amount of time that the juice is in contact with the red skins. The second way, (what Scott, our winemaker, thinks is cheating LOL) is to take a white wine and add just enough of a red wine to it to make it the right color. Our dry rose is a true rose. We make it from the same grape that we also use to make the Vintner’s Selection Cabernet Franc, which is a very hearty, full bodied wine. As soon we the grapes go through the crusher destemmer, they go directly into the press and we separate the skins from the juice. This makes it light pink in color. We actually treat it as though we’re making a white wine from this point forward, even though we’re using the red grapes. After the fermentation is complete, it goes through several rackings. A racking is where we remove the sediment from the bottom of the tank and is important in the early stages to ensure the wine is really clean. Through the winter months, it gets filtered, and stabilized. During sulfite additions, we are careful that we don’t strip the color. Sulfites can bleach some of the colors of the wine so we use lower additions to prevent this. Usually by the end of March, it’s clean and ready to go through sterile filtration and into the bottle. We keep it very dry, sometimes there’s just a couple grams of sugar per liter.
It’s a very versatile wine, they’re very popular today. Whether your dish requires a red or white wine, this will pair with whatever dish you choose. Some people think of it as a summer wine because it’s so light. You can drink #roseALLday all year around. Some of the key tasting notes and prominent flavors would be strawberry and cherry. It has a crisp clean finish, so that tells us there’s a little bit of acidity to it. It wouldn’t pair as well with a steak as a red wine would, but it would be best suited for a pasta dish with a light sauce such as a vodka sauce. We have been increasing our production for our rose over the last few years trying to keep up with the demand. We’re currently producing about 800 gallons a year, which is 4,000 bottles!
We also sell wine by the bottle, saves you a trip from going over the mountain 🙂 If you haven’t tried our Dry Rose yet, you’re missing out! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Of course, we all have our favorite wines from Seven Mountains, bar manager Jessica’s favorite is the Just Peachy. Which is your favorite wine from our selection of over 40 wines?
Cheers! #winewednesday #sevenmountainswine