Wyncroft 2020 'Marland' Rose of Cabernet Franc
Origin: Michigan, USA
Grape(s): 80% Cab Franc, 20% Pinot Noir
We love this beautiful rose from Wyncroft Wine, located in Pullman, MI (located between Fennville & South Haven ... just a few miles East of Lake Michigan). Wyncroft is a small producer that does all their vineyard and cellar work by hand, with the utmost care and attention.
Their wines will make you re-think what you know about Michigan wine - Wyncroft has built a following by focusing exclusively on European grape varietals and techniques, and their wines truly rival some of the great wine regions of the world!
A must-try local wine!
Here is some more information about this wine from our friends at Cream Wines:
Winemaking Notes: This year’s Rose is 80% Cabernet Franc from Jeff Lemon in Berrien County and 20% Pinot Noir from LePage Estate. Before and during the late September Pinot harvest, Wyncroft separated any clusters that had pinkish skins to be used for rosé to maximize color intensity in their red Pinot Noir. The grapes were cold soaked on their skins for three days until the juice had turned a beautiful dark cerise, then pressed off and fermented to full dryness using 71-B Burgundy yeast. The later ripening Cabernet Franc came late October. The grapes cold soaked. A portion was bled off and added it to the fermenting Pinot. Finally, the last batch of Jeff’s latest ripening block came in; it was cold soaked. The entire batch for this rosé fermented using Épernay 2 Champagne yeast.
Tasting Notes: The color is a brilliant but delicate fuchsia pink tinged with salmon. Aromas of fresh red currant, Washington red huckleberry, and minerals lead into a dense palate of cherry, currant, and sweet/tart salmonberry with a long smooth mineral-laden finish. Pair it with spring pasta salads with fresh peas, asparagus, and shrimp. Also try it with grilled salmon or pork loin or a great ham sandwich.