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Being guided by the whims of my grandmother and ZD’s co-founder Rosa Lee during the last 15 years was a privilege and an adventure. During that time, we produced 29 unique wines and many fond memories. After losing our matriarch in 2018, we decided to transition the Rosa Lee varietals to permanent offerings. We would lean on the knowledge gained during the production (and consumption) of the Rosa Lee’s Whim wines and pick our favorite red and white to define the program moving forward.
As it turns out, the white wine favorite was not white at all, but a Rosé. After the fantastic reception of our Pinot Noir Rosé only 2 years earlier, this was no major surprise. To maintain the fun, unique, and experimental essence of the Rosa Lee wines, we decided to also blend other varietals with the Pinot Noir. We landed on Grenache because of an excellent experience with it as the 2017 Rosa Lee Whim Red. We also found Flora, a cross between Gewurztraminer and Semillon, which is not only aromatic but brings us back to our roots when my grandpa made ZD’s first Flora in 1971. The final wine is 78% Pinot Noir, 11% Grenache, and 11% Flora, 100% organically farmed and 100% Napa Valley.
With an emphasis on preservation of bright youthful aromatics, the grapes were picked at night, whole cluster pressed, and then slowly co-fermented at 47˚F in stainless steel before bottling just four months after harvest. An attractive light pink color leads into aromas of strawberry, fresh candied cherry, and a hint of rose petal. A slight effervescence on the palate complimented by bright acid welcome flavors of raspberry, pomegranate, and strawberry shortcake with a drying minerality on the finish. We hope that a bit of Rosa Lee’s unpredictability, vivacity, and fun nature live on through her wine. Only 500 cases were produced.
Brandon deLeuze, Winemaker/Partner