Le P'tit Paysan bottle

Le P'tit Paysan

Rosé, 2016

Most winemakers would look at young Grenache vines struggling to survive in a rocky, windswept vineyard at the end of California’s Salinas Valley—and run back to a warmer climate. So would Ian Brand, who normally works with old-vine vineyards. But with the region’s long, cool growing season and the vineyard’s calcium-rich soil, Ian saw the chance to make a wine that’d tickle any rosé lover pink. This one is as bright and fresh as the best rosés from Provence.

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Le P’tit Paysan Rosé of Grenache is the style of rosé you’d expect to find in southern France, even though this one comes from California. It’s light and fresh, with a mouthwatering zip of acidity.

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High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Salmon
APPEARANCE
Salmon
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Wet stones
Raspberry
Strawberry blossom
Herbes de provence

Pairing

Light pink in color and redolent of red-berry, citrus and stony notes, rosés in the southern French style are sunshine in a glass. Crisp rosé complements any dish the French would enjoy seaside on summer vacation—seafood, salads, anything served with aioli.

More About The Wine

Monterey, along California’s Central Coast, is a dry, sunny region cooled by Pacific breezes that reach far inland. Alan Ranch sits at the coolest, most arid end of the 100-mile-long Salinas Valley. The tough growing conditions force the vines to extend their roots deep into the rocky soil to fill their tiny grapes with nutrients, yielding more flavor.

DID YOU KNOW?

A few centuries ago, most of the world’s top wines, such as Bordeaux and Burgundy, were actually made in a rosé style. Red wine is a more recent phenomenon.

  • VARIETY
    Rosé
  • VINTAGE
    2016
  • VINEYARD
    Alan Ranch
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Monterey, California, USA
  • OAK
    Stainless steel (no oak)
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    13.3%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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