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.
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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 2009 growing season was almost picture-perfect with a dry, mild spring and a warm (but not too hot) summer. Harvest started on time in late September, but a few weeks into it, meteorologists predicted a huge rainstorm. The relatively thin skins of our Syrah would not be able to withstand a large amount of rain, and working on a muddy mountainside is problematic. Thus the tail end of our Syrah harvest was accelerated, and we brought in the last grapes just before five inches of rain fell on the north coast of California.
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.