Gold Medal Winner - 2022 15th Annual American Fine Wine Competition
2020 Checkerbloom Syrah Rosé
Deerfield Estate, Sonoma Valley
A cool dip on a hot summer day.
There is nothing so refreshing as a well-chilled glass of Rosé on a hot summer day. Don’t be afraid to toss in an ice cube. You know they do it in Paris. This Rosé of Syrah is more than just a sipping wine. It pairs beautifully with light and spicy fare. It’s great with a salad and can stand up to the vinaigrette. Its nose is like a berry and herb tea. When first sipped it shows structure and focus. It is fruity yet dry. It has length and finish, uncommon in a rosé, without being overweight. Light, bright, and tasty.
Many Rosé wines are made by the Saignée process where the fresh juice is bled from red grapes before they are fermented. The color comes from the short skin contact time before the must is pressed. The best Rosés are wines where the grapes are picked especially for Rosé. At Deerfield, the grapes are picked at precisely the right time for Rosé production. The whole clusters are very gently pressed after hand sorting and all the juice is used. With our sophisticated computer-monitored wine press, we can press grapes at 12 psi, assuring the wine is fruity, soft, and free of bitterness or other drawbacks of harder pressing.
Fermentation takes place in a stainless tank so we can gradually chill the juice until it ferments at around 45°F. This is key to the retention of the delicate flavors. We use a yeast that enhances the fruit character. Syrah has a good, grounded structure to support the fruit flavors. Clean Wine® techniques are used to ensure you can enjoy this wine with a clear head.
The proceeds of the sale of this wine go to the non-profit Checkerbloom Society, named for the endangered Kenwood Marsh Checkerbloom, pictured on the front of the bottle, and will help fund the restoration of the Kenwood Marsh, a unique habitat and ecosystem. We made 240 cases.
Residual Sugar .4g/L, Alc. 12.9% by vol.
100% Estate Syrah, first pick, organically grown