Carrying enough complexity to please the most discerning red wine drinkers, this dry Rosé is endlessly versatile and classically refreshing. Due to the small volume produced, this wine is available exclusively to wine club members.
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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.
The 2008 growing season was one of extremes with a dry spring, excessive heat during boom, a record-early harvest, and extremely low yields. The last rain was in February, and the sunny dry spring led to a March budbreak about two weeks early. During bloom in May, the temperature swung up to 60°F between daytime and nighttime, thus our fruit set was poor (leading to yields being down 40%). Summer temperatures were fairly moderate although August had some fairly hot days. Harvest started on September 6th, the earliest in Montemaggiore history.
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 ▶
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.