2015 Stolpman Rosé

Price: $18
Region: Santa Ynez Valley < California
Grapes: Grenache
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Dry-farmed, organic farming, unfiltered, <20ppm SO2
Winemaker: Sashi Moorman

Peter and Jessica Stolpman practice not only clean farming and winemaking, but also employ what might be the most progressive fair trade policies in the US wine business. Their vineyard team is employed year round (instead of seasonally, as with most wine operations), earn true living wages and a share of the profits. The vineyards have been organic and dry farmed since day one, so the soils have never seen pesticides. Here, for their beautiful light pink rosé, grapes are harvested early to avoid over-sweetness and high alcohol. 30% of the grapes are left as whole clusters (with stems) and allowed to ferment, uncrushed, in a carbonic environment. This adds a whole layer of complexity, giving the wine texture, body and amazing freshness. It’s bright, juicy, with watermelon and strawberry notes, but also a vein of savory herb and acid. So refreshing, and drinkable – especially at 11% alcohol.