2016 was an idyllic harvest. We had much more rainfall here in Sonoma County than we had in the previous vintages, which led to a great growing season and a nice crop. Flavors were still high and crops were higher than last year but not too heavy.
We made this Rose from a blend of two styles: the first one wasmade from just over one ton of our Wente clone, which we hand picked at night and brought ice cold to the winery. We destemmed and gently crushed the grapes and let them sit on the skins for 8 hours until pressing them gently to extract only the best and cleanest juice we could. This juice then went to a stainless steel tank and was fermented cold for three weeks. The other Rose was made from our Pinot Noir harvest. We hand picked those grapes also, brought them in ice cold and destemmed and placed into a tank. After 24 hours, a saignée was done to concentrate the flavors in our Pinot Noir and to capture a little more juice for our Rose. This Rose was then fermented separately for 3 weeks until dryness, at which point the two Roses were blended together, and stored in neutral oak barrels until bottling.
Bright rosy pink color, pretty strawberry and lemon zest on the nose with hints of lemon curd. The palate has pretty strawberry and fresh ruby red grapefruit tones on the front, with a touch of roundness on the mouth and a beautiful acidity on the finish.
Vineyard: Bacigalupi Vineyards
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Cases Produced: 180
Aging: 6 months tainless steel
Cooperage: Neutral French Oak Barrells
Harvest TA: 6.1 g/L
Harvest pH: 3.50
Harvest Date: September 2 2016
Brix at Harvest: 23.2
Varietal Composition: 75% Wente Clone Pinot Noir, 25% Pommard Clone Pinot Noir
Discounts are Not Applicable to this wine