Raft Wines was founded in 2016 by Jennifer Reichardt, a fifth-generation duck farmer in Sonoma County, California. Her family’s duck business serves restaurateurs and retail shops throughout California and beyond. Family is key to the foundation of both her duck business and Raft Wines. In that spirit, Reichardt created Fleur Pour Ma Mère – flowers for her mother.
How this boutique Grenache wine is made
Although the inspiration for this classic rosé may have come from Provence, the 100% Grenache it’s made with comes from Trail’s End Vineyard in the Potter Valley, just northeast of Lake Mendocino in northern California. For the 2019 vintage, one and a half tons* of sustainably grown grapes were crushed the old-fashioned way–by foot!
The remainder of the process was equally as personal. After three hours of soaking with the skins for color and some tannin extraction (for texture), the fruit was pressed, and the juice was allowed to settle overnight before being transferred by hand to neutral oak barrels for fermentation. After fermentation, the wine was, once again, racked to fresh barrels for a few months of aging before being bottled in March, just in time for rosé season!
My review of Raft Wines, Fleur Pour Ma Mère, Trail’s End Vineyard
The deep, hazy salmon color of Fleur Pour Ma Mère pairs beautifully with sunset and is a lovely way to celebrate that magical hour. Aromas of mandarin, freshly cut watermelon, and a touch of spice rise from the glass. Mouthwatering watermelon, juicy strawberries, and aromatic wild fennel and lavender on the palate remind me of drinking summer. The winemaker’s notes online reference another summer sipping treat, Orange Julius – sounds good to me!
I decided to honor the name of this wine by pouring it at my mother’s 75th birthday dinner. We were both thrilled with the choice. Fleur Pour Ma Mère paired beautifully with caviar toasts garnished with crème fraîche, as well as a selection of California cheeses including Humboldt Fog from Cypress Grove. They say “what grows together goes together,” the cheese and the grapes for the wine are distant neighbors and happily come together at table.
Where to get this wine
* If you are curious what 1.5 tons of grapes yields, it’s about 76 cases of wine.
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