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A perfumed nose of lemon zest, sliced cantaloupe, pear and cherry blossom readies the palate for fresh, dry, savoury flavours of raspberry, grapefruit, lime and mineral.
Harvest: Hand-picked in the cool daybreak of September 8th and 9th from the winery’s founding vineyard. Grape sugars averaged 20.7 ° Brix.
Vinification: The juice was gently pressed after only the briefest contact with the grape skins. After chilling in a horizontal “milk tank” with regular batonnage, the juice was transferred to a vertical steel tank for cool fermentation. After twelve more weeks to clarify, the wine was bottled in February 2019.
Awards & Ratings
This is terrific rosé, full stop. It's even better than the excellent 2017, in a style that appeals especially to me: firm, bone dry, with tension and energy, and delicious savoury salinity. Beyond that, it also has terrific flavour intensity, fully in the varietal pinot spectrum, indeed with more pinot character than many red versions of the grape. It's always a marvel when so much flavour can be carried on such a light and lively frame (12.5% alcohol declared), the product of nothing else but careful farming and low yields. This is the difference inherent in purpose-grown rosés, as opposed to afterthought/by-product rosés made in the saignée method. And for great pinot noir, $25 is a steal. Drink this summer, or next, or the year after - it has the stuffing to age, and even improve, in the cellar. Tasted April 2019. - John Szabo, MS