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Vintage
2016
Rosé

2016 Rosé
Varietal Blend
Syrah 100%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
24.2
Alcohol
14.7
Cases Produced
60
Opt Consumption
2017-2019
Cooperage
100% neutral French Oak
Harvest Date
Oct 2, 2016
Bottling Date
March 2017
Release Date
May 2017

Carrying enough flavor and intensity 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. A very refreshing wine that pairs with a wide variety of foods.

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.

2016 Vintage
A vintage of excellent quality and moderate yields. The growing season started auspiciously with the first normal rainfall after four years of drought. Due to prior drought stress, the grapevines bore a slightly lighter crop than usual but pollination was thankfully very even. The summer ripening season enjoyed slightly cooler than average daytime highs—perfect for deeply colored, complex wines. Mid-September brought some unseasonably cool temperatures which slowed down and spread out the harvest, a bonus for every winemaker.

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 accompanied by notes of citrus blossom. 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 early 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 24 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 twelve-week fermentation took place in neutral oak barrels at a relatively cool 60°F, in order to preserve its bright flavors and aromas. 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.

Accolades

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

 
Varietal Blend
Syrah 100%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
24.2
Alcohol
14.7
Cases Produced
60
Opt Consumption
2017-2019
Cooperage
100% neutral French Oak
Harvest Date
Oct 2, 2016
Bottling Date
March 2017
Release Date
May 2017