2012 Edmunds St. John Bone Jolly Rose Witters Vineyard
"2012 is the seventh year we’ve made pink wine from Gamay grapes, and it seems like the very best one so far. As it happens, I’ve said that now for 4 years in a row, but this time, I really mean it. (And I reserve the right to say it again next year, too!) There’s a certain amount of luck involved, which is true of any sort of agricultural endeavor, I guess. I’ve begun to think of what I do each year as a kind of meditative practice, involving the very centered focussing of attention. I think I’m getting better, at least some of the time. Since everybody seems to like the wine so much this year, who knows? Maybe I’m right!
Witters Vineyard, planted in 2000, is situated on a North-facing slope, on volcanic clay-loam soils, at about 1,000 meters elevation, above Camino, in the Apple Hill area, East from Placerville.
Quite pale pink, with blue cast. Pretty, fresh and charged red-fruit and melony aromas, juicy and long in the mouth. At once quenching and eliciting thirst, and stirring appetite! There aren't many kinds of food this wine won’t make more fun to eat! Only 400 cases produced." -Winery
"Why wait until summer for rosé? Steve Edmunds is one of the few American producers to work with gamay, the grape of Beaujolais, which he gets from a vineyard in California gold country. His red gamay is always worth seeking out. This rosé is fragrant, with a light berry scent. It’s dry, slightly herbal and seriously good." Eric Asimov NY Times 'Twenty Great Spring Wines for $20', May 10, 2013