Vintage 2017
Region Carneros
Winemaker Jon Priest

Our Pinot Noir Rosé is sourced exclusively from our Estate Vineyard in Carneros at Grace Benoist Ranch. The cooling influences of the San Pablo Bay and Pacific Ocean allow for delicate maturation of the grapes and retention of the bright flavors. This distinctive wine features Pinot Noir grapes which are grown specifically to showcase the attributes we desire in our Rosé—fresh aromatics, vibrant flavors and natural acidity.

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.

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.

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

Overall, 2017 proved to be a slightly smaller yielding vintage but one of exceptional quality. A brief period of warm weather occurred during Labor Day weekend which accelerated the harvest in some areas. Temperatures subsided just when we needed and the fruit was allowed to mature and ripen perfectly on the vines before harvest officially began. Overall, a quick and intense harvest, with all the fruit picked within two to three weeks, but the quality of the vintage shows great flavor intensity, perfect ripening and maturity, lovely balance and complexity.

Winemaking Notes

This distinctive wine was crafted with Pinot Noir grapes that are grown specifically to showcase the attributes we desire in our rosé. 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.

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