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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.

In the Vineyard

Located on a mountainside high above Dry Creek Valley, 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.

The 2009 Vintage

The 2009 growing season was almost picture perfect with a dry, mild spring and a warm but not hot summer. The harvest season generally started on time, but half-way through meteorologists predicted a huge rainstorm. The latest-ripening vineyard of 877 clone Syrah really needed another week of sunshine to make a full-bodied red wine. Instead, the grapes were picked early specifically to make Rosé—just one day before five inches of rain fell.

In the Winery

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.

On your Palate

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 Provenšal 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.

Endlessly versatile and classically refreshing, this sophisticated wine is an excellent match for a summertime al fresco meal. Pairs well with barbequed shrimp, gazpacho, pasta al pesto, a simple baguette with proscuitto, tuna tartare, sautéed scallops, roast turkey, and avocado soup. Serve slightly chilled.

Technical Information

Varietal Blend 100% Syrah
Avg Sugar at Harvest 23.1░ Brix
Alcohol 14.0%
Cases Produced 75
Optimum consumption 2010-2011
Cooperage 100% French
Percentage new oak 0%
Harvest Date October 12, 2009
Bottling Date March 2010
Release Date May 2010

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