2015 Rose of Pinot Noir
WINE ENTHUSIAST: 90 PTS
Cool fermented in stainless steel to retain fresh fruit flavors. This dry wine with balanced acidity exhibits a beautiful floral nose of citrus blossom. With flavors of grapefruit, lime and minerals and a crisp dry acidic finish.
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Harvest 2015 started out with an extremely cold winter and a lot of snow, making it the second winter in a row of damagingly low temperatures in the vineyard.
The entire growing season seemed to be shifted back about a month and compacted. We started with a late spring and bud break. The early summer, June and July, was relatively mild and dry. With moderate rain and even some hail. The heat kicked in starting in August and persisted through the end of September. Very dry conditions accompanied the heat and drought stress was prevalent.
With a very small crop and hot conditions during the ripening season, particularly at night, harvest came very early. Starting right at the beginning of September, one of the earliest starts on record. All the whites were harvested by mid-September and even some reds were picked before the first of October due to the threat of a hurricane. October cooled off and slowed things down a bit allowing the remaining red grapes, the reserve wines, to hang and gain some additional phenolic ripeness. All the remaining fruit was picked by the third week of October. The wines from 2015 were all well balanced with the harvest being notably a ‘hurry-up and wait’ scenario to harvest the grapes at the correct ripeness and chemistry. With the heat both whites and reds had an un-normally low TA but the pH and flavors were perfect allowing wines to be made without any manipulation just as the 2014 and 2013 wines. The low crop and natural balance of 2015 shows in richness and concentration of both the white and red wines.
Grapes are hand harvested and pressed very gently with minimal skin contact. The juices from different lots were fermented separately using aromatically expressive wine yeasts. Fermentation was carried out cold at 60F and lasted 3 weeks. This wine is un-oaked with no Malo-Lactic Fermentation. The wine was blended then bentonite fined for heat stability, cold stabilized and sterile filtered before bottling.
|Dimensions||3 x 3 x 12 in|
15% Chardonnay, 85% Pinot Noir
Wine Enthusiast 90 PTS