Our Honey B Vineyard off of Cuttings Wharf Road in Carneros is a 20 acre parcel planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot and Gewürztraminer. We have owned the vineyard since 2008 and love this cool climate AVA. We have a number of clone and root stock combinations to maximize the diversity and complexity from this region.
Ballerina. This wine twirls in the glass with aromas of red cherry, under-ripe raspberries, rose petal and wild strawberries. The dance continues throughout your taste buds with bright flavors of just ripe strawberries, juicy cherries, and wet stone. The long crisp finish sets the tone for a hot summer day or a quiet evening of romance with a sunset.
Rosés can be produced in a variety of ways with the most common method being early pressing of red grape varieties after a very short period, usually 12-24 hours, of skin-contact (maceration). During maceration, phenolics such as the anthocyanins and tannins that contribute to color as well as many flavor components are leached from the skin and seeds and any stems that are left in contact with the must. In addition to adding color and flavor, these phenolics also serve as antioxidants, protecting the wine from degradation of oxygen exposure. Our method is skin contact from an early fruit drop with a higher acid, lower sugar (lower alcohol) blend of Syrah and Merlot. This wine is more similar to a French Provence style.