While often thought of as an ideal warm-weather wine, Rose is now gracing tables year-round, with the complexity to stand up to rich, ample dishes. Our Grace Benoist Ranch Estate fruit was grown, picked and vinified specifically for this bottling are used to create our vibrant and dry Rose.
“Neat and fresh style, made for quenching summer thirst. This has succulent peaches and berries with a gently chalky finish. Crunchy acidity. Drink now.” - James Suckling, February 2020
Gracious and elegant, bright and delicate, this Rose is still robust with aromas and flavors of raspberry, strawberry and crisp red Delicious apples. Notes of dried herbs, mint and a touch of cinnamon are evident in the well balanced, medium-bodied wine with a lingering, notably pleasing finish. Bold enough to go beyond just warm weather sipping, this is an ideal aperitif well suited to grace holiday tables and memorable meals all year round.
A near perfect season, welcomed after several tense vintages, began with abundant February rains followed by drying sun and weather that allowed for even flowering and bud break. The slightly later start was followed by consistently ideal weather, with harvest for Rose in early September. Generally normal to heavier fruit with great flavor and complexity will be the hallmark of the season.
The Etude Rose of Pinot Noir is sourced exclusively from parcels on our Estate Vineyard in Carneros at Grace Benoist Ranch where the cooler climate is well-suited for producing a Rose of exceptional quality. The cooling influences of the San Pablo Bay and Pacific Ocean allow for delicate maturation of the grapes and retention of the bright flavors found in the vineyard. This distinctive wine is crafted with Pinot Noir grapes that are grown specifically to showcase the attributes we desire in our Rose – fresh aromatics, vibrant flavors and natural acidity.
This distinctive wine was crafted with Pinot Noir grapes that are grown specifically to showcase the attributes we desire in our Rose. Handpicked at night, the grapes are brought to the winery and gently whole cluster pressed while the fruit is still cool, being careful to have minimal skin contact. The juice was transferred to older French oak barrels and fermented under cool temperatures. The wine is then aged sur lie (on the lees) for four months, with no malolactic fermentation, to preserve crisp acidity and high toned delicate aromas.
For more than a decade Jon has fashioned Etude wines with a simple creed. Inspired winegrowing diminishes the need for a winemaker to intervene in the cellar. Whether sourcing from the estate Grace Benoist Ranch in Sonoma's Los Carneros, or vineyards like Fiddlestix and North Canyon in famed growing regions of California's Central Coast, his focus is on coaxing the very best from the vineyard. It shows in every glass of Etude.
|Oak Treatment||Neutral French Oak|
|Residual Sugars||.06 g/100ml|
|Blend||100% Pinot Noir|
|Case Production||798 cases|