2008 Brut Rosé
Sparkling wine aficionados around the world admire well-crafted rosé for its beautiful color, fruit character and great versatility in pairing with food. The aromas and flavors of this wine are strongly influenced by a preponderance of Pinot Noir in the blend, while a small amount of Chardonnay contributes structure and an extended finish.
This delicate pale salmon Rosé greets you with vibrant aromas of ripe strawberries and Meyer lemon citrus intermingled with hints of yeast on the nose. On the palate, enjoy a slightly creamy texture with tangy raspberries, cherries and bright acidity which leads to a crisp and refreshing finish.
Carneros grape growers had record frost damage losses in March and April of 2008, and we suffered some loss in low-lying areas. Our crew left as many shoots as possible on the vines during suckering to increase cluster counts and lessen the impact. High heat and wind during the May bloom period compromised pollination and cluster weights averaged 20% below normal. By June of one of the driest growing seasons we have seen, vines in thin soils showed water stress from heat and wind. We started irrigations three weeks ahead of normal. We began picking a week early and, despite the year’s challenges, we brought in fruit in very good condition.
2007 VINTAGE, 91 POINTS
"A really nice sparkling wine from Gloria Ferrer. Mostly Pinot Noir, with some Chardonnay, it has a dark copper color and is full-bodied and rich in raspberry and strawberry flavors. Feels crisp and satisfying. Best over the next few years"
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 15, 2011
2007 VINTAGE, 90 POINTS
"Floral strawberry, apple and graham cracker aromas lead to crisp, vibrant watermelon and citrus flavors that end with a crisp mineral finish. Drink now."
- Wine Spectator Insider, October 19, 2011
2008 VINTAGE, 2013 Gold Medals
International Eastern Wine Competition
2007 VINTAGE, 2013 Gold Medals
Pinot Noir Shootout
2007 VINTAGE, 2012 Gold Medals
Affairs of the Vine
California State Fair - Gold Best of Class
Fingerlakes Wine Competition
Monterey Wine Competition - Platinum
Next Generation Wine Competition - Best of Class
San Francisco International Wine Competition
US National Wine Competition
Winemakers Challenge - Double Gold
Delicious as an apéritif or with a wide range of cuisine from fresh oysters to grilled prawns, salmon, mussels and olives. The Brut Rosé is a superb cheese wine and also complements the hard-to-pair artichoke.
Blend: 92% Pinot Noir 8% Chardonnay