2017 Palafox Rosé Baja California

SKU #1366695

Made by Lordes "Lulu" Martinez Ojeda of Bodegas Henri Lurton, this unfiltered, low SO2 bottling is all made with light skin contact on the historic Mission grape. Lulu was originally from Ensenada and studied abroad in Bordeaux, obtaining her viticulture degree and working for Henri Lurton of Chateau Brane-Cantenac for over a decade. After showing Henri her native region, he set up shop in the Valle de Guadalupe, bringing Lulu on board as chief winemaker. As one of the most in-demand winemakers in the Valle, Lulu has many side projects as well, including overseeing the Palafox wines. Here a light maceration takes place on the Mission grape (aka Pais), all native yeasts are used for fermentation, and minimal sulfur is used at bottling. The wine is vibrant with wonderful tension. An incredible expression from Lulu and Baja California. *Natural*

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Staff Image By: Kate Soto | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2018 | Send Email
Big things are happening down in Baja. Wineries are popping up left and right from both local and international winemakers. With so much quantity, the wines vary wildly, but the best of it is really exciting. One to watch is Lourdes Martinez Ojeda, who was the winemaker for Brane-Cantenac in Bordeaux before she and Henri Lurton decided to open up a winery in Baja. She's also making the wine for several different wineries in the region. Her Mission rose' from Palafox a highly elegant expression of this much misunderstood grape. It’s fun & funky with a golden raisin, beeswax, and mint character on the nose, but also a dry, lifted finish and bright acid. It’s delicious.

Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/5/2018 | Send Email
While this weird and unique rose may not be for everyone, I like weird stuff and I particularly really dug this bottle of Palafox from Baja California. The grape variety is 100% Mission varietal, which is the oldest cultivated grape in the Americas, if that alone doesn't peak your interests, I don't know what will. This wine definitely falls on a fuller body flavor profile, and the acidity is more mellow than most, the finish is a lot like a cider, and it definitely makes for a fascinating treat. If you want to try something off the beaten path, you should totally give this bottle a whirl. This is easily one of my favorite roses of 2018.

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