Maddalena Estate Reserve Rosé, Paso Robles 2022

Pale copper color; raspberry, peach, strawberry on the nose; strawberry, raspberry, red plum, grapefruit, watermelon, spice on the palate.

Maddalena Estate Reserve Rosé, Paso Robles 2022

Dry; medium body; crisp acidy (3.29 pH); delicious red fruitiness. Blend of 80% grenache, 10% primitivo, 10% syrah. Grapes come from estate Stefano Vineyard and Maddalena Vineyard in the El Pomar AVA. Juice is quickly moved from the skins to preserve freshness and bright, light pink-copper color. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 13.5% ABV

Sustainability is a priority a Maddalena, a label of San Antonio Winery. Its Paso Robles and Monterey vineyards are certified sustainable by CSWA. At the Paso Robles winery, where this was made, solar panels provide 100% of the needed electricity, and wastewater is effectively reclaimed and recycled for additional uses.

This is product of the San Antonio winery, the oldest winery in Los Angeles. The winery also has locations in Ontario (California), and in Paso Robles. This bottle comes from their Paso Robles facility. In addition to Maddalena, other San Antonio Winery labels include San Simeon Estate Reserve, Stella Rosa, Riboli Family Wine Estates, Opaque, and Windstream.

Maddalena Riboli (from website)
Maddalena and Stafano Riboli wedding

The name for this brand comes from Maddalena Riboli, who immigrated from Italy to the U.S. in 1929. She and her family farmed in the San Fernando Valley. She met her future husband, Stefano Riboli, while she was driving a tractor on the family farm. Once married, Maddalena began working at the Riboli family business, San Antonio Winery. The website notes: “Maddalena is now in her mid 90’s and continues to be actively involved in the winery where she began her wine career as a young woman.” [Note: She has since passed age 100]. Today, the family is in the fourth generation of wine and wine making, with Anthony Riboli the principal winemaker, assisted by Arnaud Debons.

Maddalena Estate Reserve Rosé, Paso Robles 2022 graces the nose with red fruits and the palate with bright acidity and enjoyable fruitiness. Easy drinking grenache-led rosé. Delicate and seductive to the eye, it possesses some pleasant surprises with grapefruit, strawberry, watermelon providing a firm but agreeable grip on the palate. Works as an aperitif. Pair with light far; Chinese chicken salad; pasta with light tomato or cream sauce; grilled salmon; shrimp; salads and vegetarian fare. Cheese—havarti, blue cheese, British cheddar, feta, mozzarella, baby swiss. $18-20

Maddalena Wines website

Riboli Wines website—nice videos and overview

San Antonio Winery website

Riboli family
Riboli Wines winemaker Anthony Riboli
Riboli winery
Riboli solar panels
Riboli barrel aging