2015 Rose of Pinot Noir
You must be familiar with this wine by now. It has become way more than a summertime favorite. It has notes of strawberry pie, guava juice and pink apple. It is crisp, refreshing and DRY with nice acid to complement all your favorite dishes. We enjoy it anytime, anywhere all day long. This year we made very little so don't miss out!
This is the way we make our Rose- saigner all the way. What that means is this. We bring in the Pinot Noir grapes that we have let ripen to perfection in order to make our red wines. Once all the berries are in their fermentation vessels we "bleed out" some of the juice. This juice is pink already because it was just stained from the skins and seeds of the grapes. We put that pink juice into neutral oak barrels (ones that we had our Pinot Noir in) and let the fermentation begin on it's own. Yes, no inoculating for us.
During fermentation we monitor the temperature and sugars of the wine in the barrel. Once the yeasts have eaten ALL the sugar (meaning the wine is now DRY) we let it rest a few months more and then prepare it for bottling. Often we do not fine or cold stabilize the wine in order to maintain all the aromatics. We do sometimes filter before putting it in the bottle.
Because 2015 was such a low yielding harvest we only made 70 cases of this wine. Enjoy!