La Grenouille Rouganté
~ Napa Valley
THE BLEND 100% Valdiguie (Napa Gamay)
RELEASE DATE March 2014
$15.30 Club Price
Quantity discount available
Harvest ~ September 13. 20.8° brix at harvest. 11.7% alcohol. 3.26 pH. 6.4 g/L total acidity. 0.02% residual sugar crushed directly to press
A BRIEF HISTORY
Perhaps no two grape varieties played a greater role in the early years of the Napa Valley than zinfandel and valdiguie (known in the valley as Napa gamay). Both were heavily planted during Prohibition (our vines date back to the early 1930’s) as varieties that could be easily shipped to home winemakers. Out in the vineyard one can almost imagine these two old warriors trading stories about all the changes they have seen over the years. But truth be told, in some years these aging giants don’t quite measure up when it comes to producing sufficient color to make a deep red wine, even as they yield small amounts of fruit with complex flavors. The perfect solution? Rosé, of course! And not just Rosé — but a traditional purposely made wine that celebrates the dry, crisp flavors and fruity aromas reminiscent of the great rosés of the Côtes du Provence.
ABOUT THE WINE
Think Côtes du Provence. Think "the best of a summer's day." Think Pink. The lovely rosey pink color of our 2013 La Grenouille Rouganté reflects the fact this wine is genuine from grape to glass and not a by-product of some other winemaking endeavor (known by the French term 'saignée'). This 100% Valdeguie offers you aromas of watermelon, rhubarb and hints of white flowers while summer fruit flavors of strawberry, sour cherry and watermelon quench one's thirst. Lifted by bright, natural acid and low alcohol the wine is lively, crisp and refreshing, the perfect companion to a warm, sunny day.
John Williams and Paula Moschetti