About this wine:
60% Syrah, 40% Sauvignon Blanc
30 year old vines
Suncrest Vineyard, Penn Valley, CA
Foot stomped grapes
Aged in oak for 8 months
Frenchtown Farms ‘Cecilia’ Rose
Gosh, wine can be so much fun. Certain wines can sometimes create such a feeling of joy and wonder in me, like a kid running up to an ocean wave. Some wines you just have to, have to, show your friends—they make you giddy. Frenchtown Farms’ ‘Cecilia’ is just that. I took ‘Cecilia’ to a friend’s dinner party the other night, and was thrilled to pour it for folks who I was sure would also think it was just about the coolest thing in the world. (Shout out to Kelcey’s amazing potatoes).
‘Cecilia’ is a co-ferment of Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah. Usually, if there is more than one grape varietal in a wine, winemakers will harvest them separately, then put them in their own separate fermentation vessels—be that oak or stainless steel or what-have-you—then, either allow them to age separately before blending, or blend and allow them to age blended. ‘Cecilia’, however, is co-fermented, which means that the Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc ferment together in the same vessel. This is rarely done, and brings out a ton of flavor in wine that you don’t usually get. The way two grapes co-ferment can be unpredictable, and for me, Frenchtown Farms really knocked it out of the park. The two grapes speak to one another in such a way that makes you think the wine is a single varietal. It’s harmonious, balanced.
The mix is 60% Syrah and 40% Sauvignon Blanc, which gives the wine a beautiful blush rose color. The wine is unfined and unfiltered, and ages in oak for 8 months before bottling. This wine is as fresh as they get—floral with so much beautiful and bright berry flavor. It’s got some texture to it, and just begs you to put it in your bike basket, skip out on work, and head to a picnic. This wine is the beginning of Spring and you’re feeling the floral breeze, surrounded by blossoms and flowers, and you’re thinking—dang. Summer’s almost here.
Drink this with laughter! It’s a great pairing.