The grapes for Vin Gris De Cigare were grown in Central Coast AVA - 79% Grenache, 5% Grenache Gris, 5% Grenache Blanc, 5% Vermentino, 3% Cinsault, 1.5% Picpoul and 1.5% Clairette Blanche. Vineyards include Rava, Loma Del Rio and Alta Loma of Monterey County, Steinbeck of Paso Robles and Beeswax of the Arroyo Seco AVA.
Winemaker Randall Grahm says "the Grenache dominates this blend." He continues the practice of leaving the wine on its lees post-fermentation. Grahm feels that the spent yeast cells give a "wonderful creaminess and length" to the wine. This rosé is not made in the saignée method, where juice is bled off in the process of making red wine. The grapes were selected and used specifically for this wine. The iconic label art is from an 1855 edition of Bordeaux Chateau, with a spaceship courtesy of Jules Verne, circa 1870. The wine hits 13.5% abv and sells for $15.
This pink wine's nose is dominated by strawberry, melon and tropical notes. Graham says a suggestion of cassis and grapefruit is possibly a function of the cooler 2019 vintage. On the palate, the wine has heft, a discernible weight I don't usually find in rosés. There is a creaminess, too, owing to the time it spent sitting on its expended yeast cells. The savory hallmarks of Graham's wines shine through, but the fruit is the star. Despite the full mouthfeel, acidity is quite fine. The finish is lengthy and somewhat citrusy.
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