2018 Kuleto Estate Rosato, Napa Valley
If you happen to follow the varietal composition of our Rosato from year to year, you’ll notice the huge variation in percentages of each grape. It may appear that we simply can’t make up our minds on how to make this wine, but I can assure you that it is a deliberate process. How much juice is drawn from a given batch of grapes is based entirely on the size of the berries. The best red wines are generally made from small berries, where the ratio of skin to juice is highest. When a particular batch of fruit comes in with rather large berries (which varies by clone, by vintage, and by variety), the skin to juice ratio can be corrected by simply removing a portion of juice immediately from the crushed fruit. This juice is drawn off batch by batch and put into small stainless steel tanks, where it ferments at a very low temperature to produce the most aromatic, delicately fruity and floral ‘white wine’. It just happens not to be white but contains a bit of color from the very brief contact time with the skins. A rosé wine is the perfect thing to sip on a hot day, when serving a variety of appetizers, or when you’re mulling over a menu trying to figure out what to order.
51% Merlot, 49% Zinfandel
Rosato / Rose
6 months in stainless steel
Kuleto is one of the most complex and diverse wine producing properties in the world. Located in the volcanic mountains of eastern Napa our estate features 781 total acres and 82.9 acres of vines perched along ridges and clinging to steep hillsides. Our soils, exposures, elevation changes and sub-climates are so complex that we’ve delineated our property into more than 100 micro-blocks. Each of these tiny plots is treated as an individual vineyard with varieties, clones, rootstocks, density, trellising and farming methods tailored specifically to the site.