2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir
Vibrant and bright with racy acidity. Fresh notes of juicy watermelon and tart cherry, with touches of apricot, papaya and peach with lingering citrus and delicate florality on the finish.
We have long drawn from a wide array of North Coast Pinot Noir vineyards to provide a balanced and beautiful red wine. This vintage, we selected blocks from these same vineyards to be trained and harvested for our very first vintage of Pinot Noir Rosé. In addition, we have found great quality in fruit from Ryer Island. Set in the heart of the Delta and only accessible by Ferry, the fruit sees an extreme diurnal shift in temperature. The combination of these selections, which are picked and pressed early in the season to provide bright, vibrant acidity, in addition to the full, fruity saignée, has produced a seamless, mouth-watering Rosé.
Starting with rain during bloom, 2019 transitioned into a steady, slow to warm spring. Temperate throughout the summer, offering only a couple intermittent heat spikes. Average yields and incredible quality with harvest beginning in early August.
This wine is produced by both whole-cluster pressing as well as saignee method. The latter, we pick ripe, flavorful fruit, crush it to a stainless steel tank, and allow 6-8 hours of contact with the skins to achieve optimal color and flavor before draining the juice to ferment as a Rosé. The former is picked early in the season to maintain bright fruit and acids, then sent directly to our bladder press at light pressures. Both styles are inoculated with a specialized Rhone yeast to enhance the natural color and fruit character throughout fermentation. Fermentation is halted immediately upon reaching dry sugar levels to preserve the fruit and aroma.