The 2018 Rosenda de la Sombra is the embodiment of summer at Stony Hill. This Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon is exceptionally clean, brilliantly acidic, followed by a seemingly endless finish that is somehow both delicate and structured. The fruit comes from the shady corner of our Cabernet vineyard and is picked when the acid is high. It is then direct-pressed and aged in neutral oak barrels. To create extra dimension, we aged the Rosé with the lees from the 2018 Chardonnay fermentation. This Burgundian trick provides floral character and added texture.
For us, this vintage evokes all the freshness of a summer salad. There are hints of strawberries and lemonade and slight spice and herbal notes. It brought to mind a beet salad topped with fresh-picked red berries. We also thought of grilled peaches on a bed of arugula and a citrus vinaigrette. Needless to say, this is a mouthwatering warm weather classic and one not to be missed.