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2018 Pinot Noir Rosé
Tasting Notes

2018 Pinot Noir Rosé

Our award-winning Pinot Noir Rosé is back, as delightful, crisp and food friendly as ever. It’s been great to see the rising popularity of Rosé because we have always been fans. We like to call ours a (use air quotes here) serious Rosé – dry, refreshing and so entirely food friendly that it’s an unbeatable go-to wine for those hard-to-pair meals. Our 2018 version is bursting with bright fruit flavors of ripe red berries and cherries, with a bouquet of aromatic florals. Framed by balanced acidity, it is a medium-bodied wine that leads to a crisp, lingering finish. Enjoy with lightly cooked salmon or tuna, fish tacos, salads, an array of cheeses or as the perfect afternoon refresher. Not just for summer sipping, the delights of Rosé are meant to be enjoyed year-round. So, grab some while you can and get your pink on.

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The 2018 growing season was perhaps the most drama-free vintage in years. Beginning with refreshing and timely rains that led into a cooler than average spring, the bloom period was delayed and extended into June. Right on cue, warm temperatures arrived in August, enabling fruit growth and color development to catch up. Fall conditions were perfect, with mild temperatures and no significant rainfall, allowing grapes to ripen slowly and steadily. Unlike many years, harvest never reached a feverish pace in the vineyards so we had the luxury of making picking decisions based solely on flavor, grape maturity and optimum ripeness. The result was a winemaker’s dream: fantastic fruit with excellent quality and flavor potential.
The grapes for our Rosé were destemmed, lightly crushed, and allowed to macerate with their red skins for 12 hours before being gently pressed. Maceration is the process of soaking the color and phenols out of the grape solids and allows for a greater extraction of color and flavor. The insides of all grapes (both red and white) are white and produce clear juice – the color in red wine comes from contact with the dark skins. The longer the grape skins are left hanging out in the wine, the darker the color of the finished Rosé. Fermentation was conducted with select yeast at cool temperatures in stainless steel to retain the bright fruit esters and floral aromas. After fermentation, our Pinot Noir Rosé was aged in stainless steel.
Varietal Composition
88% Pinot Noir, 6% Syrah, 3% Cinsault, 3% Grenache
46% Mesa del Rio, 21% Riverview, 14% Scheid, 10% San Lucas, 9% Baja Viento
Harvest Date
August 17 – September 24, 2018
Harvest Brix
20.1° - 23.5°
Alcohol %
Stainless Steel
Cases Produced
Bottling Date
February 14, 2019