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.
Although California's north coast has an ideal climate for growing grapes, the weather in 2011 created many challenges. Spring was wet and cold, including rain during the crucial pollination phase, followed by a cool summer with temperatures 10-15°F below normal. With a smaller crop, ripening sped up with warmer temperatures in August and September, but then the rain arrived early in October. At Montemaggiore, we harvested in smaller lots than usual, offering the vines every opportunity for ripeness before significant rain damage set in.
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.