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2015 Rosé of Pinot Noir
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This is the seventh vintage that we've produced Pinot Noir Rosé from estate grown grapes. It took a harvest or two to discover that the best Navarro Pinot Noir field for rosé is the C Block in our Hammer Olsen vineyard which was planted in 1990. We've been anxious to expand production as this rosé has become an all-year hit at our house, from summer salmon to holiday ham. For the last several years we've been making small quantities of rosé wines from various Pinot blocks to establish which field produces wine which harmonizes with the juice produced by the C Block. After a few years we discovered that Block 1 in our recently planted Pennyroyal Vineyards perfectly complements the established C Block fruit. Although the rose-petal aromas are quite similar in the wines produced from the two vineyard sites, the C Block fruit hints of strawberry whereas the Block 1 wine brings to mind red cherry; the sum producing a better and more complex wine.

[left] Sarah cleaning splashed wine off a tank. This rosé was cool- fermented in stainless steel then aged in seasoned French oak cooperage for 6 months. [right]
Ripe Pinot Noir clusters. [right] We're always surprised by how blue Pinot Noir skins are. How can red or rosé wine come from blue skins?


We harvested Block 1 on August 27 and the C Block on September 8. The grapes from each lot were destemmed and the juice allowed to macerate with the skins for several hours to add body and pick up a little color prior to pressing. The juice was then cool fermented and aged in seasoned French oak for seven months. While rosé is delicious all year long, nothing says summertime like a chilled glass of Pinot Noir Rosé, served with a dish of olives, shared on the patio with good friends. Double Gold medal winner.


Specifications
Harvested: Aug. 27 to Sept. 8, 2015 Sugars at harvest: 23.6° Brix
Bottled: May 11, 2016 Cases produced: 1734
Alcohol: 13.4% Titratable acidity: 6.1 g/L
pH: 3.32

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