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Le Mistral Vineyard Rosé of Cinsault 2015

Central Coast

THE VINEYARD: Founded by Joseph Phelps more than 15 years ago, this 200-acre Monterey County vineyard comprises the major grape varietals that characterize the Southern Rhone Valley of France. The site sits about 10 miles south of the Arroyo Seco in the foothills outside of King City, and is known for blustery afternoon winds similar to the mistrals, or winds, that blow in the south of France. We call upon this site for Cinsault to make a rosé for our Eugenia brand; less than one acre at the site is planted to these grapes.

LABEL STORY: Erin’s maternal grandmother, Eugenia, would serve cowboys an early campfire breakfast and transition to church tea in the afternoon.  Her remarkable contributions to family and community inspire The Country Wife, a wine both humble and sophisticated.

TASTING NOTE: The aromas are fresh and clean with hints of blood orange and tangerine plus an underlying minerality typical of the rosés from Provence. The acidity is persistent and a beautiful compliment to an array of foods; but being wonderfully low in alcohol, it is delicious on its own.

Cases Produced: 232
Alc. BY Vol: 11.0

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Single Vineyard

Ernest Vineyards specializes in site-specific wines. Each of our wines comprises grapes from one vineyard and one vineyard only. For our Ernest labels, we use grapes from nine sites in all. Some sites are well-draining, some are on hillsides. Some face west, some are considered cold-climate. We work closely with growers and vineyard managers at each site to dial-in the farming to adhere to a style that maximizes flavor ripeness while keeping sugars down and acidity high. The result: Wines that are pure expressions of the sites from which they came.

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Rosé

We produce rosé under the Eugenia label; our current release, from the 2015 vintage, include two different wines. One—The Country Wife—is a rosé of cinsault, and is just like all of our other single-vineyard wines, made with grapes from one vineyard and one vineyard only. Another—The Motley—is a rosé of pinot noir, and is a blend from our very coldest pinot noir sites.

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The Lab

In addition to Ernest and Eugenia, we own and operate a third label: Edaphos (pronounced ee-dah-fos). It means “base,” “ground,” and “soil” in Greek; we felt it was a good expression of our attitude behind this winemaking. We consider this part of our business to be our “laboratory,” the place where we make small-lot wines that incorporate new and exciting approaches to winemaking with different styles and off-beat grape varietals. Sometimes we also call it our “sandbox.” The Edaphos strategy enables us to explore, experiment, and apply some of the lessons we learn to wines we make under our other labels. It also allows us to produce different wines whenever we feel like making them.

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We are happy to answer any questions you might have about our wines, and actively are adding new members to our list. For more information, or to reserve a spot for our latest releases, please call us at 415-644-5178 or submit your information in the boxes below.

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