2012 Rosť of Pinot Noir
Harvest Date: October 3rd, 10th, 2012
Grape Source: Donnelly Creek Vineyard, Anderson
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Clones: Stang, Elliott, 113, Pommard
Fermentation: 100% Barrel Fermented
Aging: Neutral French Oak Barrels
Total Production: 140 cases
Release Date: March 2012
Winemaker: David Tate
Vintage Notes: The warm summer was present all over California, and Anderson Valley was no different. The cool winds off the Pacific Ocean helped temper some of that warmth causing cooler mornings and nights, but very warm afternoons. This allowed a drawn out period of aromatic precursor development.
Winemaking Notes: Immediately after picking the fruit was crushed and de-stemmed into a stainless steel tank that was cooled down to 34ºF with dry ice. The tank jacket kept the must near freezing at which time we drew off the unfermented pink juice from each clone into neutral used Pinot Noir barrels. The fermentation was done in our caves to slow the process down, allowing cooler more fruit driven aromatics to form in the wine. After a few months of settling the wine was racked off its lees and bottled early to retain freshness.
Tasting Notes: The wine is deep pink and very fragrant. Ripe strawberry and cinnamon spice are complemented by fresh roses and white pepper. The wine is richer and lusher than the color suggests, with flavors of sweet cranberry tart and wild berries. There is soft acidity here, but just enough to balance the viscosity. This Rosé is best chilled on a sunny patio day, or would match wonderfully with almost any hors d'oeuvre.