About 2017 Roar Rosella’s Syrah:
The wines from Rosella’s Vineyard are known for their expressive aromatics and smooth suppleness on the palate.
The 2017 Roar Rosella’s Syrah reveals a deep purple color as well racy notes of black and blue fruit, bacon fat, orange zest, and graphite. Rich, full-bodied, and powerful, it shows more olive and bouquet garni notes with time in the glass, has beautiful acidity, no hard edges, and a great finish.
Violets, cassis, and white pepper dance and flirt with the drinker here. Bursting with syrupy red plum compote, this Syrah is like stepping into a packed jazz lounge.
The vineyard carefully controls yields to produce the best grape quality possible. This takes careful monitoring throughout the season to achieve balance. Shoot thinning, leaf thinning, and cluster thinning all contribute to concentrated and complex flavors in the fruit at harvest time.
ROAR Wines represents a pure and expressive style that focuses on their distinctive vineyard sites. In their new winery, meticulously designed for their own estates and style, the experienced winemaking team experiments and innovates to coax the best attributes of each vintage. Their persistent attention to detail throughout the year results in consistent, yet exciting, wines that capture our ethos.
Just after night harvesting, the grapes travel a short distance from the vineyards to their winery in Monterey County. Here, Winery Manager Nick Franscioni and Winemaker Scott Shapley use their craft to guide the grape clusters through fermentation, steady aging in barrel, and to the finished wine in the bottle. It’s easier said than done to create consistent wines that authentically showcase each vineyard from one vintage to the next.
Small-lot fermentations allows for innovation while maintaining consistency. The fermentation vessels are wide, yielding a greater skin-to-juice ratio in the red wines. This extracts flavor, texture, and color that are signature to the winery’s style. White wines are barrel-fermented, finding an earlier experience with oak. This helps soften the more pronounced flavor and tannin from the oak, allowing a seamless integration during aging.
About The Winery:
ROAR Wines currently makes fifteen wines. They craft wines from the estate vineyards, guiding them from grafting to the bottle. Each wine is singular in its expression, reflecting its original personality from the terroir.
Rosella’s Vineyard is the first property the winemaker planted to vine, and is the northernmost of their vineyards. Planted in 1996, it wraps around the family home and is named for Rosella, Gary’s wife. Its rows of vines ascend from River Road up the hillside toward the mountain ridge, often laced with fog. Plush lemon trees flank its western edge. The sandy loam soil allows good drainage, encouraging deep vine roots that add complexity in the wines. Here they grow Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. The wines from Rosella’s Vineyard are known for their expressive aromatics and smooth suppleness on the palate.
Viticulture is Roar’s way of life, and it’s important for them to leave a legacy of healthy, productive land to the future generations. Their long-term mentality is reflected in our experienced vineyard team. “Twenty-two years of many of the same workers, they are like family. And they only work in their vineyards,” Gary shares. These relationships result in a trust and wealth of knowledge that sets us apart.