2016 Grenache Rose

2016 Grenache Rose  - Hudson Wines


Technical Information
  • Blend 100% Grenache
  • Vineyard Hudson
  • Winemaker Christopher Vandendriessche
  • Appellation Napa Valley, Carneros
  • Release Date April 5, 2017
  • Harvest Date Sept. 9th
  • Alcohol 13.2%
  • PH 3.17
Grower Report by Lee Hudson - A Year of Refined Elegance

After nearly 4 years of drought, 2016 broke the cycle with a mild moist winter quenching the soil profile with rain. The growing season started frost free with early bud break and nearly perfect shoot growth. This led to a healthy mid-April bloom setting the stage for a early harvest. The summer ripened a moderate but healthy crop, evenly and slowly. Harvest conditions were ideal and without any rush, we brought in fruit that reflects a vintage of refined elegance.

Winemaker’s comments by Christopher Vandendriessche

2016 Produced a very flavorful rosé with a racy tart structure. The grapes were hand-picked and whole cluster pressed for delicacy and style, and then fermented in 3-5 year old French oak barrels. After fermentation we decided to allow 50% of the barrels to continue through malolactic fermentation. This gave a balancing richness and silkiness and reduced the tart edge. Stirring the barrels during this secondary fermentation avoided the accumulation of any buttery flavors.