This single-vineyard Grenache from eastern Sonoma Coast AVA (between Sonoma and Petaluma) is picked to make Rosé (“intentional”), fermented and aged 6 months in neutral French oak barrels. Equally citrus and stone fruits as red berries. I get blood orange, ripe peach, and wild strawberry along with white pepper, tarragon and mint tea. Has bright acidity (nice & tangy) counter-balanced by its generous fruitiness. Drinks nicely on its own and further blossoms with mild cheeses and white meats.
Campesino Cellars is owned and made by husband/wife Griselda and Macario Montoya (Macario is the winemaker). They honor their Mexican heritage by naming their winery in honor of the Campesinos, the field workers (most of whom are Mexican) who tend to the majority of the vines in California Wine Country. The hands on their Syrah label are those of Griselda’s father Pablo Ceja, a career Campesino. The drawing is the work of Macario’s brother, Maceo Montoya. As you can see, Campesino Cellars is an extended family affair!
The wines, all Rhone-style, i.e. made from grapes of Rhone Valley, France origin, are consistently delicious, distinctive and fairly priced. They are “California style” wines made from cooler-climate grapes, thus paying heed to old-world wines. Best of both wine-worlds. Check out all the Campesino Cellars I’ve reviewed here.