Sunday, April 08, 2012

Wine of the Week Ahead

2011 Origine Rosé of Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Varietal- 100% Pinot Noir

Vineyard- We sourced this Rosé of Pinot Noir from each of our three Russian River Valley vineyard sites: Umino Vineyard south of Sebastopol, the Dutton’s Thomas Road Vineyard in Green Valley, and the Tobias Glenn Vineyard in northwestern Russian River Valley.
Yield: 3 tons/acre.

Vintage- 2011 was one of the coolest growing seasons of the last century. For earlier ripening varietals like Pinot Noir this dramatically extended hang time.  The resulting juice was high in acid, low in sugar and packed with flavor, perfect for making not just great Pinot Noir but great rosé as well.

Fermentation- The Pinot Noir was destemmed and moved into fermentation tanks, then a small percentage of juice was bled off.  Most of the bleed off juice was transferred for fermentation into a stainless steel tank, with a portion in placed in neutral oak barrels. The wine was bottled as soon as it settled post fermentation to preserve its vibrant freshness.

Harvest Date: September 24th-- 28th, 2011 Winemaker: Dan Fitzgerald Yeast: Proprietary Cooperage & Aging: Stainless steel & with a portion in neutral French oak Bottling: January 2012 Production: 300 cases Final Technical Information: pH: 3.22   TA: .73   Alc: 13.2%

Sensory Notes: This wine is treated delicately throughout fermentation, and the subtle hue of coppery pink is one result. The nose greets with watermelon rind, fraises de bois and a hint of black tea.  The palate is racy, with refreshing acidity tempered by a supple, creamy mouthfeel.  The finish is focused and dry yet full of ripe strawberry and cucumber.  

Retail Price: $20

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Oh I do love this Pink Wine! Cheers to a great week ahead everyone! - Ali

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