2018 Sonoma Corallina Pinot Noir Rosé
Believe it or not, Rosé was not always as popular as it is today. Due to its early origins, it was widely thought to be a simple, non-interesting (and possibly sweet) wine. While that stereotype still lingers, the truth is that most of todays Rose is made from high quality grapes producing high quality wines.
Our Rosé of Pinot Noir comes from the recently designated Petaluma Gap region in the esteemed Sonoma Coast AVA. Cool coastal breezes funnel through the gap, providing long sunny cool days, ideal for growing Pinot Noir. We pick at night, by hand, when the fruit is cool, and we take it directly to the press when the grapes arrive at the winery. Within 90 minutes or so, the juice is pressed off the skins and has turned a delicate pink color.
And while this wine is subtle in color, it is abundant in aromas and flavor. The hint of minerality is balanced by a creamy texture that we attribute to the stainless steel barrels and a couple of neutral French oak barrels we use for fermentation and aging. Clean and refreshing, with crisp acidity, this bone-dry pink boasts a generous core of juicy watermelon and raspberry flavors that reminds one of warm summer nights.
Gold Medal | Experience Rosé Competition