This Rose of Pinot Noir combines refreshing acidity with luscious fruit from several premier vineyard sources located within, and throughout, the beautiful Sonoma Coast. Fermented to dryness and aged briefly in neutral barrels, this wine will pair wonderfully with a wide array of dishes from salads to grilled meats. With a pleasing mouthfeel, this light to medium-bodied Rose’ delivers with flavors of strawberry and ripe raspberry, and has a smooth, easy finish.
A vast appellation covering Sonoma County’s Pacific coastline, the Sonoma Coast AVA runs all the way from the Mendocino County border, south to the San Pablo Bay. The region can actually be divided into two sections—the actual coastal vineyards, marked by marine soils, cool temperatures and saline ocean breezes—and the warmer, drier vineyards further inland, which are still heavily influenced by the Pacific but not quite with same intensity.
Contained within the appellation are the much smaller Fort Ross-Seaview and Petaluma Gap AVAs.
Whether it’s playful and fun or savory and serious, most rosé today is not your grandmother’s White Zinfandel, though that category remains strong. Pink wine has recently become quite trendy, and this time around it’s commonly quite dry. Since the pigment in red wines comes from keeping fermenting juice in contact with the grape skins for an extended period, it follows that a pink wine can be made using just a brief period of skin contact—usually just a couple of days. The resulting color depends on grape variety and winemaking style, ranging from pale salmon to deep magenta.