Vintage 2016
Wine Type Rosé
Varietal Pinot Noir
Region Carneros
Winemaker Jon Priest

While often thought of as an ideal warm-weather wine, rosé is now gracing tables year-round, with the complexity to stand up to rich, ample dishes.

Source: Etude Estate Vineyards at Grace Benoist Ranch, Carneros, Napa Valley
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Alc: 13.5%, pH: 3.16, TA: 0.78 gms/100mL
Production: 630 cases

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast

“This creamy, lush wine expresses orange and tangerine fruit mostly, with slight cherry and strawberry accents. High-toned acidity lifts the riper, plush mouthfeel.” - Virginie Boone, August 2017

Tasting Notes

Crisp and elegantly dry, traditionally salmoncolored turning to brilliant light pink, this Pinot Noir Rosé offers aromas of fresh strawberries, blood orange, cherry and cranberry with notable flavors echoing the aromas, including citrus notes and cold juicy watermelon. The wine is bright with vivacious acidity, a mineral lift, nicely rounded mid-palate and a persistent finish. Light and refreshing, the wine conjures memories of Marsanny wines blessed with California sunshine.

Vineyard Notes

The Etude Rosé 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 rosé of exceptional quality. The cooling influences of the San Pablo Bay and Pacifc 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 rosé – fresh aromatics, vibrant flavors and natural acidity.

Vineyard Notes

The extended drought was beginning to cause real concern as the 2016 growing season kicked off, but some welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come.  After a relatively dry January we enjoyed significant rainfall in February, along with mild temperatures.  Bud break was early, but was slowed by heavy April showers.  While still early by historical standards, picking began about a week later than 2015, and continued at a leisurely pace, allowing the grapes to reach full flavor maturity.  A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter showing of 2015, and the extended season helped to balance the acids and add complexity to the layers of flavors.

Winemaking Notes

This distinctive wine was crafted with Pinot Noir grapes that are grown specifically to showcase the attributes we desire in our Rosé featuring fruit from clones including Martini, Pommard and Dijon 115.  Handpicked at night at 22.1°, the grapes are brought to the winery and whole cluster gently pressed while the fruit is still cool, with minimal skin contact.  The juice was transferred to older French oak barrels and fermented cool, aging on the lees for four months, with no malolactic fermentation to preserve crisp acidity and high toned aromas. 

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