Day Wines, Babycheeks Rosé Rogue Valley 2020
Malbec 34%, Cabernet Franc 33%, Tannat 33%
Williamette Valley, Oregon
From the importer-
In 2006 Brianne Day sold everything she owned and began traveling through wine regions all over the world. Over the following eight years she visited around 80 different regions, working at wineries in Burgundy, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand. During this time, she re-established her home base in Oregon and worked at a number of wineries including The Eyrie Vineyards and Brooks.
In 2012 Brianne started her own winery with some Pinot Noir grapes from the 15-acre, dry-farmed Crowley Station Vineyard in the Eola Amity Hills. The inaugural vintage was only 125 cases and sold out quickly. On the strength of that single bottling she was invited to the RAW fair in London and was one of only seven American wineries mentioned in Isabelle Legeron’s recent book, Natural Wine, alongside Edmunds St. John and Arnot Roberts.
Since then, Brianne has grown production to a level of around 5000cs/year and continues to experiment with under-appreciated varieties such as Malvasia, Tannat, and even Aligote while honing her Pinot Noir skills.
Directly pressed minimally on skins. Juice was then put into stainless steel tanks to settle overnight. It was then transported to neutral french oak where it underwent malolactic fermentation to give the wine some body and balance. From there it was put back into steel tanks to stabilize.
With this particular blend of thicker skinned and warmer climate grapes the wine resembles that of a Provence Rose with floral and under ripe red fruit notes.