Elizabeth Rose Pinot Noir 2015
Elizabeth Rose wines represent affordable elegance, made possible by the fact that our family has owned vineyards in Napa Valley for over 100 years. Named after fifth generation family member Kendall Elizabeth Hoxsey-Onysko, Andrew Hoxsey’s eldest daughter, Elizabeth Rose was launched on Kendall’s 21stbirthday when Andrew made a special barrel of Rosé just for the occasion. Today, Elizabeth Rose wines are made by Kendall’s husband, Winemaker Jeff Onysko. Sourced from our organically-farmed vineyards in Oakville and Yountville, including our Block House Vineyard, Elizabeth Rose Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Chockablock Red Blend are a value to be enjoyed any day of the week.
Elizabeth Rose is part of the Ghost Block Estate Wines portfolio owned by the Pelissa family- 5 generations of grape-growing in the Napa Valley. You can find these wines in Napa Valley, located at their tasting room in Oakville at Napa Wine Company.
One of Napa Valley's most historic sub-appellations, Yountville spreads through some of the valley's ideal cooler sites and enjoys success with a handful of different and significant grape varieties.
This sub-AVA of Napa Valley is rich in the history that makes Napa Valley what it is today, and not just for red wines. Moët & Chandon entered the California winemaking business via Yountville in 1973 with the establishment Domaine Chandon. Their goal has always been to produce top quality méthode champenoise sparkling wines.
Christian Moueix, originally responsible for managing Chateau Petrus and La Fleur-Petrus in Pomerol, arrived in Yountville in the early 1980s. He formed a partnership with Rohin Lail and Marcia Smith, inheritors of Napanook vineyard from their father John Daniel of Inglenook in Rutherford. In 1995 Moueix became sole owner of Napanook and chose the name Dominus, which today produces some of Napa’s highest scoring, age-worthy Bordeaux Blends.
Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”