2021 Pinot Noir Rosé

PETALUMA GAP
$32.00 per bottle   /   $27.20 club price
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This 2021 Pinot Noir Rosé is bursting with pomegranates, Red Delicious apples, cranberries, fresh strawberries, fruit cocktail, and candied cherries. On the palate, it is crisp and refreshing, showing white nectarines, Rainier cherries, pluots, strawberry rhubarb pie, and a touch of toasted brioche while having a long, pleasant finish.  This wine is best enjoyed chilled and you can drink now or wait 1-2 years before opening.

Winemaker Notes

After being hand-harvested, the Pinot Noir grapes from our Sonoma Stage Vineyard were gently whole-cluster pressed. 75% was cool fermented in a stainless steel tank while 25% of the grapes went to neutral barrels. Before fermentation, the juice underwent a cold stabulation (chilling at 45°F) for 7 days, increasing the texture and aromatics. This process is a common practice for Rosé in France. The stainless steel tank was inoculated with a special Provençal-style Rosé yeast while the barrels underwent a native fermentation. The barrels and tank were aged sur lies (on the lees) and stirred every 2-3 weeks for enhanced mid-palate building.

The Vintage

The 2021 vintage was considered a drought year, with little rain on record for the Petaluma Gap AVA. Drought years have typically proven to be excellent quality for wines, but obviously not great for long-term farming plans. The season started off with bud break in early March, leading to a Spring that allowed for a perfect flowering and set for the grape clusters. Summer was also quite warm and long, leading into an early Autumn harvest season. The drought conditions led to lower yields in the vineyard, which gave a perfect concentration for juice versus skin ratio. The consistent summer weather encouraged our Pinot Noir grapes to ripen on September 7th.

Wine Facts

Winemaker: Jason Moulton

Appellation: Petaluma Gap

Blend:  100% Pinot Noir

Alcohol: 13.2%