2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir
92+ International Wine Review
neutral French oak
50/50 stainless and neutral French oak
April 25, 2019
Clear pale coral-pink, with aromas of strawberries, nectarine, and rose petals, lead into flavors of watermelon, lemon and cranberry. The bright acidity is offset by a pleasing roundness on the palate, with a long, tart finish.
Own-rooted Gamay Beaujolais clone of Pinot Noir planted in 1986 in Peavine soils, at an elevation of 785 feet.
This wine is a blend of barrel fermented saignée and macerated juice fermented in stainless. The fruit for the stainless component was harvested by hand, sorted, and destemmed. After a two-day cold soak, the fruit was gently pressed, separating the hard press fraction. The juice settled overnight, and was racked to stainless for a cool fermentation. For the saignée component, 5% juice was drawn from whole cluster Pinot Noir on day four of the cold soak. The juice fermented in neutral French oak barrels. When both components were dry, they were racked off the heavy lees, blended, and aged in neutral French oak over the winter, and bottled the following spring.
Food Pairing Notes
Serve chilled with barbecue, charcuterie, crab, grilled fish, pâté, grilled pork, green salads, grilled sausages, or shellfish, especially grilled shrimp.