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Dirty and Rowdy 2013 Harvest Update and 2012 Old Vines Release
As the 2013 harvest starts winding down, we stand jaw-dropped in the beauty that we’ve been hustling through since August. We look forward to the time of year when we begin slowing down to share extended meals and special bottles with friends and loved ones.
Though not completely out of the woods, the 2013 vintage has been an odyssey. It started three weeks early and came on fast and furious with a number of our vineyards ripening near the same time. A late September pause felt like a knuckleball, followed by what feels to be a nice motion finish. The brisk and early tempo set by Mother Nature was magnified by incorporating five new vineyards and adding six new wines to our 2013 lineup; what we’ve accomplished this vintage feels borderline heroic.
Our 2013 vineyard additions include three new and diverse vineyards for Mourvèdre (now totaling six):
-2 Skinner Estate Vineyards, both from El Dorado County
-Antle Vineyard, Chalone AVA, Monterey County
We also added concrete egg fermented Chardonnay from the legendary Alder Springs vineyard in Mendocino, and a Pinot Blanc (for sparkling!) from the Apple Hill region of El Dorado County. At this stage, the 2013 wines show character, soul, and joy, and we are honored to work with each.
Along with the harvest update, this purpose of this letter is to inform you of our new release — The Rosewood Vineyards Old Vines release. It consists of two wines from 85 year old, dry farmed, organic vines, in Mendocino’s Redwood Valley:
2012 Rosewood Vineyards Mourvèdre
2012 Rosewood Vineyards Petite Sirah
We feel like these are the best red wines that we have released thus far. The depth, intensity and purity in both wines is comforting and intriguing. The wines should live and improve for many years.
This release is fully allocated and there is not enough wine to make it to our entire customer base. For those that receive an allocation, they will only be held until 10/22 at 11:59PM PST. For those that do not receive an allocation, a wish-list system is in place that will begin being filled on 10/23.
2012 Rosewood Vineyards Old Vine Mourvedre
Redwood Valley, Mendocino County 12.8% abv.
100% whole cluster fermentation
Pale red with aromatics of spice, flint, black tea, and heady red fruits. Incredible depth on the palate with supporting tannins, and a long spice driven finish. I am not sure what else to write besides that this wine is Rowdy’s favorite red.
372 bottles released $36 per bottle
2012 Rosewood Vineyards Old Vine Petite Sirah
Redwood Valley, Mendocino County 12.6% abv.
100% whole cluster fermentation
The color can only be described as grape Kool-Aid. Violet, rock, pepper, fresh grapes, and dust on the nose. Medium bodied with highly present tannins. Though it may initially come across as stern in structure, with time in the glass, it is stunning and perhaps unlike many other Petite Sirah. This wine is Dirty’s favorite red.
348 bottles released $36 per bottle
Both wines will benefit from extended time in the cellar. If you decide to open either wines in the near future, a multi-hour decant is highly recommended.
With such limited quantities, we realize that there are many people who will not receive an allocation, and this is hard for us. We ask that you please be patient and know that you are not forgotten; our Spring release will be larger, and our hope is to get everyone on board.
With the deepest of gratitude we thank you for your loyalty and support.
Amy, Matt, Kate and Hardy
The Dirty and Rowdy Family