Rosé, 2019 - Casanel Vineyards + Winery


Stainless Steel-aged, direct press Rosé. Named after our Vineyard Manager, José. Without him we don't have the grapes to make our wines from, so we wanted to dedicate this Provence style Rosé made from 55% Merlot, 33%Cabernet Sauvignon, and; our Estate Carmenere 12%. Notes of lychee, strawberry, hibiscus, and orange blossoms.

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Our “José” Rosé is made from 100% Virginia grapes, grown locally in Loudoun County at Greenstone Vineyard (managed by Dean Triplett), with 12% of the fruit grown here on the Estate. The blend consists of 55% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% estate-grown Carménère. It is also made by using both the direct pressing method (88%) as well as by the bleeding method, or saignée method (12%). After hand-harvesting and sorting in the vineyard, the grapes were gently transported into small lugs and were stored for one night in a cold room. The day after, the grapes were sorted again on a sorting table before pressing (for the direct pressing method). Cold-settling occurred for a night and then alcoholic fermentation started in stainless steel tank. This wine was femented and aged entirely in stainless steel. In Feburary, we proceeded to protein stabilize and cold stabilize before hand-bottling on the Estate in March.


Color is pale coral – lychee – mineral – hibiscus – floral, orange & cherry blossom – citrus – crispy and fresh – nice acidity
Lighter dishes – goes well with lighter meats, barbeque, summer salad – fresh fruits & cheese


Vintage Year: 2019
Vineyard: 12% Casanel Vineyard – 12% Estate Appellation: AVA Middleburg
Composition: 55% Merlot, 33% Cab Sauv, 12% Carménère
Average Vine Age: 20+ years
Harvest Date (for direct pressing method): 08/29/19
Harvest Date (for saignée): 09/25/19
Bottling Date: 03/28/2020
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Yeast: Delta
ML: None
pH: 3.38
Alcohol: 13.0% vol.
Residual Sugar: 0.05 g/l in glucose-fructose
Aging: 100% stainless steel
Aging Time: 7 months

Cases produced: 85 cases
Cellaring: Enjoy it now to 2022 – Drink it while young and fresh (light-medium body wine)


Katie DeSouza Henley & Tyler Henley