Natural winemaker, Jaimee Motley is California’s Mondeuse whisperer. What is Mondeuse, you ask? Mondeuse is black grape from the the Savoy region of France near the Swiss border. It combines the juiciness of Gamay with the spice and deep color of Syrah. Jaimee finds her Monduese a little bit closer to home, in the Sierra Foothills. The 2020 Rorick Heritage Rosé has an appetizing deep magenta color (from a long press) and offers aromas and flavors or watermelon, cherry, hibiscus along with crushed, dried herbs. Get yours soon as this wine will sell out quickly (the 2019 was gone before Labor Day).
Rorick Heritage Vineyard is gorgeous, set in the hills of Calaveras County at 2000 feet elevation. Aspects of the Mondeuse block shift from southeast to south and the soil is comprised of limestone with a top layer of schist.
The grapes were foot crushed with a long press cycle to pick up flavor and texture. Fermented in stainless steel and aged on the lees in neutral oak. The wine went through native primary and secondary fermentation. Bottled in March 2020, with under 20 ppm of total S02.