2017 Edmunds St. John «Bone-Jolly» Rosé
Region: USA, California
Grape Variety: Gamay
Dry, light-bodied rosé | Fine charcuterie, calamari à la Provençale
Perennially acclaimed as one of the best domestic rosés in the US by the likes of Eric Asimov, the Bone-Jolly rosé has Gamay-esque fruitiness balanced by the mineral finesse you'd expect coming from granitic bedrock. Steve blends fruit coming from the Barsotti site, and also Witters Vineyard for a splash of perfume. Witters is one of the highest vineyards in the whole of California, so the cooler evenings lend the grapes an aromatic freshness. Spending less than an hour on the skins and fermented in stainless steel tanks, the resulting wine is purity and precision incarnate.
Winemaker Steve Edmunds and his wife Cornelia St. John first bought a couple of tons of grapes in 1985 and began tinkering with them in a warehouse near their home in west Berkeley. Over the last 30 years, Steve has done what all great students and learners do: he has listened. He listens to feedback from other winemakers, his consumers, and most importantly to what the land and the grapes are telling him from one vintage to the next. In a world saturated with degrees and qualifications in viticulature, Steve stands out for his unofficial self-education.
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