Dragonette Cellars Rosé Review

Fruit forward, hand harvested, whole cluster pressed, 75% neutral oak (of various sizes), 25% stainless steel, and native yeasts. What more could you ask for in a rosé?

Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick

Rosé: front of bottle with wine in glass

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About this Wine

Wine: 2021 Rosé
Blend: 80% Grenache, 14% Mourvedre and 6% Graciano
Region: Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
Vineyards: 60% Vogelzang, 40% Two Wolves
Retail price: $30
I consumed it: April 2023
My source: Dragonette Cellars Tasting Room

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From this winery: Dragonette Cellars

Region: Los Olivos, Central Coast, California

Wine color/style: Rose wine

Grape variety or blend: Multiple varieties

Tasting notes: Strawberry, Bright, Round, Jolly rancher

Other characteristics: Small production

Rosé: What I think

We’ve been wine club members at Dragonette Cellars for a very long time. There has never been a single bottle we’ve opened that we didn’t love. We call them wizards. This is because the winemaking team at Dragonette has a habit of treating wine differently than most — nearly everything ages on the lees and they only source immaculate fruit.

This rosé is unique, and undeniably desirable if you like fruit-forward wines. Strawberry was dominant on both the nose and the palate. This medium-body rosé has a round mouthfeel (due largely to the sur lies aging), is bright, and therefore made thing of a watermelon jolly rancher (my salivary glands were firing, not that it was sweet).

I want to take a moment to say how much I appreciate having Dragonette Cellars in my world. So many wonderful things I know about wine were learned in their tasting room, and they never let me down. Not ever.

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About Dragonette Cellars. Brothers John and Steve Dragonette partnered with Brandon Sparks-Gillis to create truly handcrafted, ultra premium wines. They are (and I can vouch for this from years of experience with their winery) committed to precision farming, low yields in the vineyards, the highest-quality oak, and creating wines of distinction. Check out Dragonette Cellars and enjoy the Insta feed.

Last updated: July 4, 2023

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