Melinda's Rosé: The Spirit of Generosity

The Story of Melinda’s Rosé:

For many years, Melinda Taplin dreamed of making a dry salmon-colored rosé. She began this project during the later months of her life, and passed away before seeing it completed. The direction she set has shaped everything from the label to the wine’s style.

In the spirit of her ever-present generosity, we will be donating 100% of profits to breast cancer research. We have chosen the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. Dr. Love’s book and words guided Melinda along her journey. You can learn more about the Foundation at

From Our Winemaker:

Taplin Cellars’ Melinda’s Rosé is made from a field blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon from the estate in Saint Helena. Picked at sunrise, followed by a cold, gentle whole cluster pressing directly to stainless steel tank. Temperature controlled fermentation, gentle stirring, and no malolactic.

The vineyard has been picked around 23 brix to bring enough structure while preserving fresh aromatics. An elegant acidity runs through the wine, supporting a soft texture and gentle finish. Aromas are delicate, fresh herbs, white fruits, and a bouquet of floral notes.

The winemaking goal is to produce a rosé made from Napa Valley fruits, creating a new quality level for domestic rosé wines.