Frenchtown Farms, "Cecila" 2020, North Yuba, Sierra Foothills, CA
This delicate and crunchy rosé has notes of wildflowers, berry, and mineral.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): North Yuba
SUBREGION: Sierra Foothills
GRAPES: 60% Syrah, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Grenache
PRACTICE: Organic, dry-farmed, sustainable, practicing biodynamic
VINIFICATION: Whole cluster, foot-stomped soaked together on the skins for a few days, pressed into stainless steel to finish primary fermentation, 8-10 months in neutral oak puncheon. No racking, fining, or filtering; small addition of SO2 at bottling only.
STYLE: Still, aromatic, fruity, funky
COLOR: Pale salmon
BODY: Medium (5-6)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Candied orange peel, berries, floral
FLAVOR: Honeycrisp apple, zesty acidity, quartz mineral, lightly grippy texture
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION:
Pair with our recipe for Maryland Blue Crab with Sauce Grand-Père (recipe here)
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
Although Frenchtown Farm began as an ideological successor to the Clos Saron legacy, Cara and Aaron Mockrish have been through a rigorous process of exploration to find their own voice. Eye opening conversations with luminaries like Batiste Overnoy, Pescaline Lepeltier and Nicolas Gordo of Domaine Simon Bize have helped them develop new ideas about how to temper and communicate North Yuba’s monumental terroir to produce more youthful wines. Their vision has changed from a modern Californian project pooling fruit from many vineyards to produce cellar driven wines into a reflection of the French Vigneronne concept.
ABOUT THE VINEYARDS:
“Grown in North Yuba, the vines for this wine are located on two different slopes that face each other. The Sauvignon Blanc comes from an eastern facing hillside, the same site as the Pearl Thief. The Syrah/Grenache come from an opposing western facing site at higher elevation with steeper gradient, but much more fertile soil compared to the bare rocky slopes where the whites are planted.”