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Fife Redhead Rosé Mendocino 2005

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    A Ros in the Style of the Southern Rhne Redwood Valley in Mendocino County is a patchwork quilt of picturesque old vineyards where wine growing has been a family agricultural tradition for several generations. At Fife Vineyards, in addition to our own Estate Grapes, we are fortunate to be able to work with many of these local growers and crush select lots of grapes. We look for well-tended, older vines on rocky vineyard sites that offer low yields and give us concentrated flavors that translate into unique wines. What to Expect from This Wine The 2005 Fife Vineyards Redhead Ros is inspired by the elegant and crisp flavors of the ross from France's Southern Rhne and Provence. Like the best of these wines, we consider our Redhead Ros as a red wine meant to be chilled. A crisp wine packed full of fresh fruit flavors with hints of cherry, red raspberry, and pomegranate. We serve it as a stand-alone aperitif and quaff it with seafood, BBQ, olives and cheeses, and most Pacific Rim cuisine. About the HarvestThe spring was drier than ususal and from late May through harvest it was completely dry. The vines remained healthy and ripened through long, warm weather in September and early October. In the end, we received tremendous flavors without the sugar levels becoming too elevated. The Secret: Bleeding We destem the ripe grapes and deliver them to a holding tank. We allow contact between cool juice and skins for a few days to obtain a gentle diffusion of color and pre-fermentation fruit flavors. La methde saigne is how French vignerons refer to the bleeding off of juice after this skin contact. The juice is cool-fermented and maintained at cool temperatures in a stainless tank until bottling captures its freshness. Download Printable Version

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