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.
This was a classic year for Montemaggiore wines with moderate summer temperatures and relatively dry skies at harvest. A dry spring awoke the grapes early from their winter dormancy, and then late spring rains led to rapid growth. Temperatures were moderate in early summer, but cooled in August thus slowing down ripening. Harvest started a couple weeks early on average—all at moderate sugar levels with the desired flavors and intensity.
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.