Sonoma Valley Estate Grown
100% Syrah • Clones 174 & 470
Production: 92 cases • Bottled: January 2016 • Winemaker: Julia Iantosca
Life here in the vineyards on the Glen Ellen Bench is quiet, measured, and leisurely blissful…except for harvest, when the grapes have reached their peak ripeness. At dawn’s first light, vineyard workers swiftly move through the vineyards harvesting clusters and hurrying them along to the winery for crushing, “Toute Suite”, in time to capture every nuance and the full expression of the terroir. The wines under this sprightly label are so rare, and made in such small quantities, that you need acquire some in a hurry or miss out. This Rosé is 100% Syrah, a blend of clones 470 and 174 from our Justi Creek Vineyards Creekside Blocks. This is an opportunity to taste the lush character of Syrah from red grapes grown and destined for Rosé. A wine with a delicate fuschia color, aromas of fresh strawberries, hints of mango, a supple mouthfeel, and a long finish.
JUSTI CREEK VINEYARDS | CREEKSIDE BLOCKS
The Lasseter Family Winery estate in Sonoma Valley is rich in historical significance, encompassing organically farmed vineyards and an eco-friendly winery. Justi Creek Vineyards, part of the stunning 95-acre ranch on the outskirts of Glen Ellen, is comprised of three adjacent parcels of land, formerly parts of Rancho Vallejo and Rancho Los Guilicos. Nancy and John Lasseter embarked on an environmentally sensitive upgrading of their property, lovingly restoring the natural habitat and converting the vineyards exclusively to organic farming practices. The pond was completely revitalized, and beehives and insectaries were established in order to provide homes for beneficial insects. The certified organic vineyards are flourishing under the watchful eye of vineyard manager Phil Coturri. Today the land is alive and once again expresses this historical region’s unique terroir. Rhône varietals Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre grow on our seven-acre Creekside Blocks along the east side of the Calabasas Creek on the valley floor. These vines, planted in the rocky soil of an alluvial fan, provide us with a classic component for an old world style dry Rosé - the exceptional vineyard from which we craft this wine provides the heady fruit, supple texture and zesty finish that conjure the impression of the Rosé wines of Provence.