The AVA of Los Carneros is a region covering 90 square miles, located alongside the low-lying hills of the intercoastal Mayacamas mountain range. Elevations of most vineyards range from sea level to top out at 400 feet in the foothills. The soils of the Carneros region are predominantly clay and very thin and shallow, often providing poor drainage and fertility. The fierce and persistent winds coming off the bay encourages the grapevines to struggle and retain moisture. While this aids in limiting crop tonnage, it can also delay the grapes from ripening sufficiently. In vintage years with a long, drawn out growing season that allow the grapes to ripen, intense and vivid flavors can develop. Our vineyard is fortunate to have its own artesian well, providing pure water for the grapes.
Los Carneros region is primarily associated with cool-climate varietals, such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well as the sparkling wines made from those grapes.
Elevation: 20 feet
Soil Composition: Cole/Haire – Clayey, silty, loam
Irrigation Water: Artesian groundwater from estate well
Harvested: August 18 and 31, 2020
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Total Acidity: .591 gm/100ml
Produced: 250 cases
The color is welcoming, intense with a bright pink with salmon color hue. The nose is intense and complex, showing the earthy and mineral side of Pinot Noir at first, then opens up with apricot, peach and finally just ripe black cherry scents. Fresh and delightful, this Rosé offers energy and power with the return of fresh stone fruit from the orchard and the pleasure of a unique yet so intricate Rosé. Layered minerality, fresh stone fruit, balance structured and a long finish.
So versatile it can be enjoyed by itself for its freshness but is also the perfect match with a salumi plate or at a Thanksgiving dinner table. Enjoy with Moroccan chicken tagine and a side of saffron rice.