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Vintage
2009
Rosé

2009 Rosé
Varietal Blend
Syrah 100%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
23.1 Brix
Alcohol
14.00
Cases Produced
75
Opt Consumption
2010-2011
Cooperage
0% new oak
Harvest Date
Oct 12, 2009
Bottling Date
March 2010
Release Date
May 2010

Carrying enough complexity to please the most discerning red wine drinkers, this dry Rosé is made in the Provençal style. In the past, this wine was available exclusively to wine club members but increased demand prompted us to make more in 2009.

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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.

2009 Vintage
The 2009 growing season was almost picture-perfect with a dry, mild spring and a warm (but not too hot) summer. Harvest started on time in late September, but a few weeks into it, meteorologists predicted a huge rainstorm. The relatively thin skins of our Syrah would not be able to withstand a large amount of rain, and working on a muddy mountainside is problematic. Thus the tail end of our Syrah harvest was accelerated, and we brought in the last grapes just before five inches of rain fell on the north coast of California.

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 2009 Rosé divulges its gorgeous raspberry and strawberry flavors tempered by tangy acidity. Made in the classic dry style of a Provençal Rosé, this wine's sweetness comes from its fruit flavors as opposed to any residual sugar. 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 mid-October and brought less than 100 yards to our estate winery. There they were destemmed, carefully hand-sorted at the berry level, crushed, and held for 36 hours on their skins to obtain the vibrant ruby color. After pressing, the juice was inoculated with yeast from Bandol (Provence, France) to emphasize mouthfeel. The six-week alcoholic fermentation took place in neutral oak barrels at 60°F. The wine aged for an additional four months in French oak barrels. Filtered.

Food Pairings
Endlessly versatile and classically refreshing, this sophisticated rosé is an excellent match for a summertime al fresco meal. Serve slightly chilled.

Pairs well with barbequed shrimp, gazpacho, pasta al pesto, a simple baguette with prosciutto, tuna carpaccio, sautéed scallops, roast turkey, and avocado soup. 

Consider our recipes for Chilled Zucchini SoupHolloumi and Vegetable Kebobs, Umbrian Flatbread, and Wild Mushroom & Brie Crostini.

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Other Vintages
Our estate-grown Rosé has been produced every vintage since 2007.

 
Varietal Blend
Syrah 100%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
23.1 Brix
Alcohol
14.00
Cases Produced
75
Opt Consumption
2010-2011
Cooperage
0% new oak
Harvest Date
Oct 12, 2009
Bottling Date
March 2010
Release Date
May 2010