2016 TIMBRE Rose ‘Opening Act’, Santa Barbara County



appellation: Santa Barbara County

cases produced: 146

varietal: Rose of Pinot Noir

vintage: 2016



Wine Description

Opening Act – The band that whets your appetite for the main event. This saignée, bled from our best Pinot Noir fermentations, is floral, aromatic, balanced, and delicious. It’s the perfect wine to start the show, and might just steal it.

This wine, like its predecessors since the 2012 vintage, is again a saignée from our best vineyard sources. The translation of “saignée” is “bleeding”, meaning that this wine is bled from our red wine fermentation vessels immediately after the fruit has been destemmed, when the juice has been allowed to gain only the slightest bit of color from the red grape skins. This wine is primarily blended from Bien Nacido, Presqu’ile, and Mission Ranch vineyards.

Fermenting in 50% neutral oak, and 50% stainless steel allowed us to keep all of the lovely freshness and bright acidity in this Rosé, while introducing a slightly creamy texture. The wine dances on your tongue with flinty fresh flavors of cherry, watermelon and rose petals; but this is no one-dance wine. The zingy red fruit keeps coming back, revealing a little extra depth than one might expect from a Rose (for those who care to search for it).

Whether you’re a mellow, square dancer or a funky disco dancer is up to you, but depending on which way you choose to go, our musical pairings for this wine are “My Rose” by Matt Costa, or “Evil Woman” by ELO. Do drink and dance. Drink now.


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