2017 Rosé Russian River Valley

100% Syrah

“This dry rosé is drawn from an old-vine Syrah vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley and is best enjoyed in its youth.”   – David Ramey

palate

Bone dry with aromatic fruit balancing salinity and texture.

vintage notes

2017 began with a very wet winter.  The summer was mild until a significant heatwave around Labor Day sent winemakers and growers scrambling to pick the first wave of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. After the heat wave, temperatures were warm and steady, allowing winemakers to make picking decisions based on optimal fruit maturity rather than impending weather. Our harvest started Aug 21st with the final Merlot from Carneros arriving on October 10th. Yields were very close to projections while fruit quality ranged from great to exceptional, with well-preserved acids, great color and good varietal expression.

winemaking

Native yeast, non-malolactic fermentation and sur lies aged in stainless steel barrels for three and a half months.

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reviews

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  • 20 Best Sonoma Rosés to Drink this Summer | Sonoma Magazine | Sarah Stierch | June 2018
    • A side project of acclaimed winemaker David Ramey, Sidebar offers easy to drink wines that are meant to be enjoyed now (unlike Ramey’s coveted, cellar-worthy pinot noir under his Ramey Wine Cellars label). The first rosé we tried this year, it’s made from old vine syrah. It has a beautiful color that draws the eyes in and a taste of strawberry and cream that is lush and satisfying on the palate. A great reward after a long day of kayaking on the Russian River.
  • i-WineReview | Don Winkler & Mike Potashnik | June 2018
    • Made from old vine Syrah grown in the center of the Russian River Valley and harvested at about 21 Brix, this is the best Syrah-based rose we’ve had out of California. Medium rose in color, it offers rich raspberry, red plum, and a hint of stems on the palate, finishing with rich extract. | 90 pts
  • The Daily Meal | Roger Morris | June 4, 2018 | 2 Dozen Rosés to Celebrate Summer
    • An alternate label from Dave Ramey, the wine is refreshing and tangy with orange, lime, and some cherry flavors.
  • Food & Wine | Jonathan Cristaldi | May 2018 | 30 Rosés to Drink This Summer
    • This rosé is special, crafted by Sonoma icon David Ramey, producer of mind-bogglingly gorgeous Chardonnays that call to mind the richness and finesse of great white Burgundies. In the glass, a deep pink color with orange hues gives way to a rich and creamy mouthfeel, bursting with candied peach, nectarine and wild strawberry notes. The finish is long, infused with dazzling red-berry and saline mineral notes.
  • North Bay Bohemian | James Knight | May 2018 | Rosé Outlook
    • This Syrah rosé is just a slightly deeper pink than the Pinot rosés above. Yet this wine can’t escape the smoky, savory notes of the Syrah it’s made from, even if it shares some qualities like bracing acidity and pink grapefruit flavor with the Pinot rosés—straight out of the bottle it’s got a bit of matchstick to it. “There’s nothing like spring or summer lunch with a bottle of rosé at home,” winemaker David Ramey says, “and it sparkles in the sunshine.” I would put it in a decanter, and it will sparkle all the more.
  • The Daily Meal | Roger Moore | May 2018 | The Best Rosés for Summer
    • A quite, dry syrah rosé with aromas of grass, smoke, and cherries, followed by a delicate but intricate weave of berry flavors, with a touch of peach and good acidity.
  • Piedmont Lifestyle | Mark Luna | May 2018 | A Run for the Rosé(s)
    • Finally, we journey south to sunny California and to Sidebar Cellars, a boutique companion label to the famed Ramey Wine Cellars’ bottlings. The Sidebar Rosé Russian River Valley 2016 is David Ramey’s first rosé under his new label, and like the spirit of the label itself, it is a casual, but serious wine, dedicated to both quality and enjoyment. What makes this particular rosé distinctly Californian is the fact that it’s 100 percent syrah, the epic Rhone varietal. Syrah has been produced in California for years, making some of the biggest and best red wines around, but to find it in a rosé is truly unique, something only the ambitious Ramey team can achieve. It’s a richly colored wine, with both aromas and palate flavors of raspberry, cranberry, and pepper. The 2016 vintage also received “Top 100 Wines” status in Sonoma Magazine, and because of its sole syrah grape composition, it’s an age-worthy rosé, making it an outstanding, serious food wine. Priced under $25, it’s also a great value.
  • Vinography | Alder Yarrow | April 2018
    • Light coppery pink in the glass, this wine smells of strawberry and watermelon. In the mouth, strawberry and watermelon flavors have a nice aromatic sweetness to them, but not enough zing, thanks to slightly underwhelming acidity. 13% alcohol.