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Vintage
2008
Rosé

2008 Rosé
Varietal Blend
Syrah 100%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
23 Brix
Alcohol
13.90
Cases Produced
20
Opt Consumption
2009-2010
Cooperage
0% new oak
Harvest Date
Sep 6, 2008
Bottling Date
May 2009
Release Date
May 2009

Carrying enough complexity to please the most discerning red wine drinkers, this dry Rosé is endlessly versatile and classically refreshing. Due to the small volume produced, this wine is available exclusively to wine club members.

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Vineyard Profile: Estate Vineyard
Located on a mountainside high above Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County, the rocky soils of Montemaggiore's estate vineyards produce intensely flavored grapes at naturally low yields. Using biodynamic practices and organic materials, we farm Paolo's Vineyard without chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.

2008 Vintage
The 2008 growing season was one of extremes with a dry spring, excessive heat during boom, a record-early harvest, and extremely low yields.  The last rain was in February, and the sunny dry spring led to a March budbreak about two weeks early.  During bloom in May, the temperature swung up to 60°F between daytime and nighttime, thus our fruit set was poor (leading to yields being down 40%).  Summer temperatures were fairly moderate although August had some fairly hot days.  Harvest started on September 6th, the earliest in Montemaggiore history.

Winemaker's Goal
The Montemaggiore Rosé is an intentional rosé, whose grapes are grown and harvested specifically for the purpose.  This wine has fresh, fruit aromas along with a crisp body and round mouthfeel.  With its multiple layers of flavors, it's quite an elegant wine. More on Rosé Winemaking

Tasting Notes
The vibrant and intense ruby color of the 2008 Rosé divulges its gorgeous raspberry and strawberry flavors tempered by tangy acidity. Medium-bodied and round on the palate, the Montemaggiore Rosé carries enough weight and complexity to please the most discerning aficionados.
Winemaking Notes
Select Syrah bunches were hand-harvested in early September and brought less than 100 yards to our estate winery. There they were destemmed and crushed, carefully hand sorted at the berry level, and held for 36 hours on their skins to obtain the vibrant ruby color. After a gentle pressing in a stainless steel basket press in order to limit astringency, the juice was inoculated with yeast from Bandol (Provence, France) to emphasize mouthfeel. The five-week alcoholic fermentation took place in neutral oak barrels at 60°F. The wine aged for an additional seven months in French oak barrels. Filtered.

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Varietal Blend
Syrah 100%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
23 Brix
Alcohol
13.90
Cases Produced
20
Opt Consumption
2009-2010
Cooperage
0% new oak
Harvest Date
Sep 6, 2008
Bottling Date
May 2009
Release Date
May 2009