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Vintage
2012
Rosé

2012 Rosé
Varietal Blend
Syrah 100%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
22.3 Brix
Alcohol
13.30
Cases Produced
60
Opt Consumption
2013-2014
Cooperage
0% new oak
Harvest Date
Oct 21, 2012
Bottling Date
April 2013
Release Date
June 2013

Carrying enough intensity and complexity to please the most discerning red wine drinkers, this dry Rosé has the red fruit flavors and lower alcohol of a true rosé. Bright ruby in color with fresh strawberry aromas, medium body, and a clean finish.

The grapes for this wine are grown and harvested specifically for rosé, utilizing the direct press method practiced in the south of France. Most rosé in California, on the other hand, is made by the saignée method, creating the rosé as a by-product of making red wine.

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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.

2012 Vintage
The 2012 growing season was one of the best in recent history for Sonoma County and northern California.  Early spring rains, moderate summer temperatures, and a relatively dry harvest led to a classic vintage. For the Rosé, we harvested select Syrah bunches from a special section of Paolo's Vineyard two weeks before picking the rest of the grapes for our flagship red wine. 

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 watermelon 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 late 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 flavor complexity and vibrant ruby color. After pressing, the juice was inoculated with yeast from Bandol (Provence, France) to emphasize mouthfeel. The three-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
22.3 Brix
Alcohol
13.30
Cases Produced
60
Opt Consumption
2013-2014
Cooperage
0% new oak
Harvest Date
Oct 21, 2012
Bottling Date
April 2013
Release Date
June 2013