We present the 2016 Rosé as a limited release for the spring and summer seasons. Modeled after the refreshingly dry rosés of Europe, the 2016 Rosé is made wholly from Pinot Noir from our estate Margarita Vineyard.
The 2016 Rosé seduces the nose with lively scents of pear, green apple, citrus zest and jasmine. A clean, quenching texture is counterbalanced with rounded flavors of dried cherry, strawberry, kiwi and peach. Hints of pink grapefruit linger on a crisp, tangy finish.
The Pinot Noir vines in Block 34 occupy one of the coolest spots in the entire Paso Robles region. Here, a notch in the coastal peaks invites an ingress of brisk marine air from the nearby Pacific Ocean, fostering conditions that are favorable to Pinot Noir. Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles region, nestled into the rugged Santa Lucia Mountain range just 14 miles from the ocean in the new Santa Margarita Ranch AVA. The natural marine cooling results in an extended growing season that yields fruit with uncommon depth and structure. The peaks are also testaments to the tectonic forces that created Margarita Vineyard’s rare diversity of soils, ultimately fostering natural complexity in our wines.
The Pinot Noir grapes were picked at the earlier stage of ripeness on August 29 to establish bright vibrancy in the wine. The fruit was whole-cluster pressed to capture purity of flavor, then cold fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve its delicate aromatics and crisp texture. After fermenting to full dryness, the wine was cold-aged in stainless steel for five months prior to bottling.
Food Pairing Notes
The 2016 Rosé is a refreshing wine to enjoy on a warm festive evening with spring and summer salads, spicy Asian fare, grilled chicken and fish tacos.
Pinot Noir 100%