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Vintage
2010
Rosé

2010 Rosé
Varietal Blend
Syrah 100%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
24.2 Brix
Alcohol
13.70
Cases Produced
55
Opt Consumption
2011-2012
Cooperage
0% new oak
Harvest Date
Oct 17, 2010
Bottling Date
April 2011
Release Date
May 2011

Carrying enough complexity to please the most discerning red wine drinkers, this dry Rosé is made in the Provençal style.

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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.

2010 Vintage
Although 2010 was disastrous for many on California's north coast, Montemaggiore experienced a great vintage.  Spring was wet and cold, followed by a cool summer with temperatures about 5-10°F below normal. For several days in late August and early September, however, temperatures rose well above 100°F. Grapes in many vineyards shriveled and sunburned but Paolo's Vineyard was unaffected due to its high elevation (thus moderating temperatures), close vine spacing (less direct sunlight), and biodynamic practices (heartier vines).  Our harvest started a bit later than usual in mid-October due to the generally cool season.

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 Montemaggiore Rosé hints at its gorgeous strawberry and plum flavors highlighted by floral notes. Made in the classic dry style of a Provençal Rosé, this wine's fruit flavors are balanced by a vibrant 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 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 30 hours on their skins to obtain the flavor complexity and vibrant ruby color. After pressing, the juice was inoculated with yeast from Bandol (Provence, France) to emphasize mouthfeel. The four-week fermentation took place in neutral oak barrels at 60°F. The wine aged for a total of six 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
24.2 Brix
Alcohol
13.70
Cases Produced
55
Opt Consumption
2011-2012
Cooperage
0% new oak
Harvest Date
Oct 17, 2010
Bottling Date
April 2011
Release Date
May 2011