and tastefully elegant rosé
VARIETAL: Carignan and Mourvèdre RELEASE: Spring 2018
WINEMAKING: Vin Gris
PRODUCTION: 2,850 cases
OPTIMUM DRINKING: 2018 - 2020
FORMATS: 750ml | Kegs
At ÆRENA Wines, we see wine as a work of art. From farmers, winemakers and label artists to the artist within each of us, ÆRENA Wines celebrates everyday heroes who are mastering their craft. Featuring distinctive bottlings from both well-known and emerging appellations, we create authentic California wines that embody a sense of place and a decidedly drinkable point of view.
The place you long for
The San Francisco Bay
THE VINEYARD Oakley, a suburban town nestled where the San Francisco Bay meets the Sacramento River Delta is a terroir in transition, featuring ancient vines alongside modern housing developments. The clay loam soil vineyard produces grapes with sophisticated freshness and bright acidity. Because of the strong winds that come off the Sacramento Delta, the warm summer days cool off dramatically at night, allowing for more evenly ripened fruit. The only rosé from the San Francisco Bay AVA, Crown in Shadow is remarkably crafted from 135-year-old vines.
The song that makes you swoon
“La Vie en Rose” - Edith Piaf
The flower that best represents who you are
THE PEOPLE YOU ADMIRE MOST
Winemakers Kyle Mizuno and Aaron Pott
MORE ABOUT THE WINEMAKERS Blackbird Vineyards’ winemaking duo, Aaron Pott and Kyle Mizuno, are the artisans behind ÆRENA Wines. Their relationship was once that of mentor and student, but after years of collaboration, they are family. To spend time with them is an exploration of wine, replete with quick wit and belly-clutching humor.In farming and winemaking, Aaron and Kyle strive to communicate a vineyard’s sense of place--by working the wine at the right time to expose the best characteristics of variety and site. According to Aaron, “In almost all definitions of art in the dictionary, there is a reference to ‘human works of beauty.’ ÆRENA believes wine certainly fits under this classification. It is an object created by human intervention that creates something beautiful. Wine is unique as art in that it is ephemeral; once it is consumed, it is gone. Aaron wholly appreciates working with Kyle. So it is appropriate that when asking Kyle to define their winemaking philosophy, his retort is, “Let the wines speak for themselves and don’t screw it up.”
The artist that inspires you everyday
Label Artist Tony Hernandez
MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST Tony Hernandez is an artist whose work provides a subjective sensation of intellectual satisfaction. The tenderness in his images, counterbalanced by emblems of hope and impending peace suggests the ability of artist characters to see past the judgments of others in their midst. Working exclusively on handmade birch wood panels using the technically-demanding process of encaustic painting, his works are visually simple, yet, psychologically complex. The overall message suggests that we must first look inward before looking outward.
The dish that makes your mouth water
Oysters and Caviar
The best thing someone said about you
ÆRENA Wines’ 2017 Rosé, Crown in Shadow, is a youthful pale pink Vin Gris. On the nose, bright aromas of peach, strawberry, and dragon fruit meld with hints of jasmine and rose water. Crown in Shadow excites with flavors of pear, crisp green apple, and citrus on the mid-palate, carrying bright minerality and acidity through the finish.
The motto you live by
“See the world through rose colored glasses”