Case Count: 341
The majority Pinot Noir in this easy going blend provides notes of tart cherry and currants, balanced by subtle hints of smoke and vanilla from barrel aging. Smaller portions of Riesling, Pinot Grigio, and Refosco were blended in for quenching acidity, additional fruit flavor, and tannins, respectively. Soft textures lead into a lingering, flavorful finish.
Winemaker Sean O’Keefe believes in balance through blending. This philosophy is a driving force behind the Troglodyte wines—the individual varieties forgo the spotlight in favor of a seamless blending of textures and flavors. The Troglodyte Rosato is based around saignée with a vintage specific selection of fruit to provide the best flavor representative of the season. Troglodyte is a name that was chosen by owner Marty Lagina meaning, “cave dweller”. While originally a term of derision, we believe it’s amusingly appropriate for how our winemaking team dwells in the Mari wine caves.
Our Rosato is a classic wine to be enjoyed alone or with food. Think fresh fruit, cheese, fun filled social occasions, or something off of the grill.
The Troglodyte Rosato is based around saignée—a winemaking technique that is primarily used in red winemaking to concentrate fermenting grape flavor by removing juice. The term saignée is French and comes from the verb 'to bleed'. Sean used primarily saignée in this blend from Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, and Refosco, combining specific flavor profiles to find balance. Additional press Riesling featuring higher ph and tannin from our usual style was kept aside and added to the blend for acid structure. The saignée was collected in stainless drums and combined with the Riesling on February 8th 2022. Bottling occurred on May 6th just prior to its release.
Enjoy now through 2024 and look for subtle changes over time.