2016 Rosé Russian River Valley
Sidebar is a more casual companion label to Ramey Wine Cellars’ bottlings. Two vineyards provided the grapes for this generously flavored wine that is also admirably dry and refreshing, with zesty red fruit, citrus and spice notes. – Top 100 Wines of 2017 | Sonoma Magazine | Linda Murphy | December 2017
This rosé is 100% syrah, and it has aromas and flavors of raspberry, cranberry and pepper. It’s a rosé that has great quench — pitch perfect balance. Striking. ★★★★ – “Wine of the Week” | Press Democrat | Peg Melnik | June 19, 2017
Lively yet precise, with smoky raspberry aromas and zesty pepper, cherry and cranberry flavors. Drink now. 748 cases made.—14 Enticing California Rosés | Wine Spectator | Tim Fish | March 2017
“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
Dry, crisp, and perfumed; pairs with a wide variety of foods and flavors.
2016 began with another very early bloom, leading to a very early harvest in Sonoma County; our first fruit arrived August 5. During maturation, summer temperatures were warm and steady, with fewer heat spikes than 2015. Three weeks of cool weather in August and September relaxed the pace of harvest, allowing for methodical picking decisions and perfectly developed fruit. Yields were relatively average – down from 2014 and up from 2015.
Native yeast, non-malolactic fermentation and sur lies aged in stainless steel barrels for three months.