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Region: Contra Costa County < California
Grapes: Mourvedre with a kiss of Merlot
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming; sandy loam soils, picked for rosé, pressed off immediately, about 100 gallons separated out to let a flor develop then mixed back in; fermented in stainless steel and aged in old barrel on lees; bottled unfined/unfiltered with 30ppm added SO2;
Winemaker: Laura Brennan Bissell
Lalalu is the second label from Laura Brennan’s Inconnu, a 2017 SF Chronicle Winemaker to Watch and working mama of three whose babies travel with her as she travels the US slinging wine. She’s a good friend, and total badass. All her wines have an elegance and balance to them, but this rosé is a standout. Made partially under flor -- in homage to Clos Tibouren, a culty Provencal rosé – but also to encourage more savory, herbal notes without having to age it for years. And to ensure that it is affordable and delicious right off the bat. Which it is. A beautiful light pink Provençal-style rosé, with mint and melon, salty acid and the slightest hint of tropical fruit. So refreshing for summer. Drink up. Now.