2013 Carneros Cuvée Rosé
About the wine
The Carneros Cuvee Rosé is our Tete de Cuvée. It represents the best fruit from our 335 acres of estate vineyards as well as our winemaking expertise in the art of blending. This special Cuvée Rosé is only produced in select vintage years. Our 2013 vintage is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay has over 5 years en tirage and a minimum of six months on the cork, this wine is remarkably bright and complex and represents the ultimate statement of our sparkling house style.
With a pale, red-gold color it carries a delicate nose of juicy red apple with a hint of ginger. The Pinot Noir lends ripe, red fruit flavors at mid-palate while the Chardonnay adds complexity with lemon zest and red grapefruit on the elongated finish. This is an elegant wine that is more French Champagne than California Sparkling.
Grapes are handpicked & transported to the winery in small bins where they are gently whole-cluster pressed to retain the delicate vibrancy and freshness. Only the first press, with the most delicate flavors and aromas, is used for this wine that is fermented in stainless steel tanks at 55-60° F. After 6 months of first fermentation, the winemaking team assembles the final blend from 17 wines, hand selected from our best press fraction (or cuvée).
The 2013 growing season began with an early spring that was warm and dry. This beautiful weather continued on through bloom; fruit set was excellent and the vines set a high number of heavy grape clusters. Without any heat spikes or significant rain, all of the fruit was picked at optimal maturity and it came to the winery in excellent condition to produce this outstanding wine.
Citrus flavors of blood orange and red ruby grapefruit on the front palate with a delicate elongated rich finish compliment a variety of dishes. Try with grilled halibut skewers with citrus compote or butter lettuce salad with red grapefruit segments, avocado and dried cranberries. For the other courses try buttery Meyer lemon shortbread with fresh raspberries. The mild tang of aged goat Gouda or Manchego cheese, effortlessly compliments the long creamy finish of this unique cuvée.
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